Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Chinook helicopters, (b) personnel and (c) other assets were involved in Operation Safe Haven; and when that operation finished.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

UK forces were deployed to Northern Iraq in 1991 in support of Operation Safe Haven. These forces included:

Twelve Chinook helicopters based at Diyarbakir Air Base in Turkey and

at its peak, approximately, 4,000 UK service personnel in Turkey and Northern Iraq.

3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines was deployed. In addition to helicopter support, three RAF C-130 aircraft were also deployed. The last Coalition land forces related to this operation withdrew from Northern Iraq on 16 July 1991.

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