UK Operations in Iraq
HC 1241, Thirteenth Report of Session 2005-06
- House of Commons Defence Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
This report, 'UK Operations in Iraq (HC 1241)', seeks to highlight some of the issues raised during the Committee's visit to Iraq in June 2006, which was undertaken in order to examine the operating environment being experienced by UK forces and to meet senior members of the new Iraqi Government. Amongst its findings, the Committee notes its concern at the deteriorating security situation in South Eastern Iraq, particularly Basra, and the implications for the security of UK forces. It welcomes the progress being made in the development of the new Iraqi army but highlights the serious challenges remaining in the development of the Iraqi police service.
The report also raises concerns over the problems with equipment which requires urgent attention from the MoD, the effects of the extreme temperatures which troops are having to deal with, the shortage of helicopters and the strain on both air and ground crews. The Committee's report questions the Government's confidence that UK armed forces are not being overstretched, and calls for urgent action to address the growing capability gaps; and concludes that the issues raised in the report gives rise to fundamental doubts as to whether the UK armed forces are structured, trained and equipped to fulfil the role envisaged for them in the Strategic Defence Review and subsequent policy documents.
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