response to a question from Hugh Bayley MP and David
Heath MP regarding the contribution made by UK forces
to post-war reconstruction in Iraq:
principal role in Iraq is helping to provide the security
conditions for reconstruction and political development.
We are focused on developing the capability and capacity
of the Iraqi Security Forces. 115,000 Iraqi security
personnel are now trained, equipped, and operating across
Iraq. On the recommendation of the General Officer Commanding,
we will soon be deploying the Extremely High Readiness
Reserve battalion for Operation Telic, which is 1st
Battalion The Royal Highland Fusiliers, from Cyprus
to Multi-National Division (South-East) for a limited
period of time in support of election security in Iraq.
400 extra troops will be deployed to Iraq.
armed forces have also contributed directly to reconstruction,
working with the Department for International Development,
the US Project and Contracting Office, and with the
Iraqis. We have supported some 1,120 Quick Impact Projects,
including repair of essential transport services, the
refurbishment of hospitals and schools, and the Emergency
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