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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel have been (a) injured and (b) killed by friendly fire in Iraq since 2003. (240350)

Records show that eight members of the UK armed forces have been killed as a result of friendly fire incidents in Iraq since 2003, although it is not always possible in each and every case precisely to determine the cause of death. Details of the number of UK military personnel injured by friendly fire incidents are not recorded centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment he plans to gift to Iraq once Operation Archive is under way. (244622)

As the Prime Minister said in his statement to the House on 18 December, we plan to reduce force levels in Iraq as we complete our remaining key tasks in Basra in the early months of next year. Planning for the withdrawal of UK forces continues and any proposal to gift equipment to Iraq would follow established procedures.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces bases have been established in Southern Iraq in each year since 2003; what the (a) location and (b) names of each is; and on which date each was vacated. (245226)

The UK armed forces bases established and subsequently vacated in Iraq since 2003 are as follows:

Base name

Year established

Location

Date of vacation

Camp Chindit

2003

Az Zubayr

29 September 2005

Camp Smitty

2004

As Samawaha

30 July 2006

Camp Abu Naji

2003

Maysan

30 August 2006

Old State Building (Al-Saie)

2003

Basrah

20 March 2007

Shaat Al’Arab Hotel

2003

Basrah

8 April 2007

Shaibah Logistics Base

2003

Basrah

24 April 2007

Basra Palace

2003

Basrah

5 September 2007

Contingency Operating Base (COB)

2003

Basrah

UK forces remain in residence

This table does not include details of occasions when UK forces have operated from bases run by other coalition partners. It also does not include details of small temporary operating bases.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many attacks of each type have been launched against UK armed forces bases in southern Iraq since 1 May 2003. (245227)

The following table contains details of all reported attacks against multi-national force bases in MND(SE) since the period requested. To distinguish between attacks against UK bases and those of other coalition partners would incur disproportionate costs.

Total number of reported attacks1

2003

39

2004

732

2005

111

2006

820

2007

1,374

2008

108

1 The data cut-off point is 18 December 2008.