The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to seek parliamentary approval in January 2018 to deploy an additional 45 Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) personnel to Iraq by June.
The pro-NATO outgoing defence minister, Martin Stropnicky, whose Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO) party won the elections and will retain control of the MoD following the formation of an ANO-led cabinet on 6 December, said in late November that he would like to see the size of the ACR serving in Iraq increase to 200–300 personnel due to the ongoing threat of the Islamic State operating in that country.
“Sending additional ACR personnel to Iraq will require further parliamentary approval in the coming weeks,” MoD spokesperson Jan Pejsek told Jane's on 5 December.
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