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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Polish, (b) Ukrainian, (c) Pakistani and (d) Sri Lankan national military personnel are undertaking active service with UK armed forces in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan. (211187)

There are no formed units from the nations listed in the question. It is possible that a very small number of exchange officers could be operating with UK forces, but this information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contacts there were between British forces and anti-coalition militia in Iraq in each month since February 2008. (211247)

The number of recorded attacks on Coalition forces in Multi-National Division (South East) per month since February 2008 is as follows:

Number of contacts

February 2008


March 2008


April 2008


May 2008


It is not possible, except at disproportionate cost, separately to identify attacks exclusively against British forces.

These figures are inevitably an estimate of attack levels and are subject to refinement as information is processed and verified.