Iraqis trained to tackle Isil

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THE British Army have helped train about 5,000 Iraqi Army soldiers in counter-insurgency skills in just over a year.

The figure was unveiled by Portsmouth North and armed forces minister, Penny Mordaunt.

The training is part of Operation Shader to defeat Isil extremists in Iraq.