Saturday, 26 April 2008

Royal Anglian Regiment: 2nd Battalion, The Poachers, to be deployed to Iraq

It was been confirmed that 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment is soon to be deployed again to Iraq. Despite its earlier promise that troop numbers in Iraq will be reduced to 2,500 this year, the Government is now saying that the situation in the Basra and the south of the country is such that 4,000 British troops will be needed for the foreseeable future. Part-time Minister of Defence Des Browne has confirmed that The Poachers will be soon posted as part of this requirement, called Operation Telic 12.
Currently undergoing final training in Germany, the Battalion is expected to fly out to the Gulf in May. After initial acclimatisation in Kuwait, it will form part of the 7th Armoured Brigade (the Desert Rats) and will be deployed to Basra and the southern port of Umm Qasr. The Battalion's main role will be to support and train Iraqi forces and bring stability to the area; if anyone can make it happen, they can.