The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a British soldier has died in Iraq, but said that it wasn’t due to enemy action. It is thought that the soldier was one of 500 British military personnel who are in the country to train the Iraqi security forces.
In a statement the department said:
“It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of a soldier from the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
The death occurred in Taji, Iraq following an incident that is currently under investigation, but we can confirm that it was not as a result of enemy activity.
The family has been informed and has requested a period of grace before the name is released”.