According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Britain is sending hundreds of troops to Iraq carrying gas masks and nuclear warfare clothing to protect themselves against a ‘likely’ chemical attack by ISIL.
The 250 soldiers from 4 Rifles battalion are being deployed today in preparation for a large-scale assault on Mosul, the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq.
All the soldiers have been given nuclear, chemical and biological clothing after it emerged that ISIS militants targeted US troops with mustard gas last month.
The UK force will include a medical unit and specialists from 22 Engineer who will advise on securing bridges on the approaches to Mosul.
They will be on high alert after surveillance maps revealed ISIL commanders have planted booby traps and roadside bombs in preparation for the battle for Mosul.
A further 250 men from the Buford-based battalion are being sent to Erbil to support the Joint Force training of the Kurds, the Express reported.
The major ground and air offensive on Mosul is expected to take place next weekend.
But fears have been raised that the assault on the city, which has a population of around one million people, will spark a humanitarian disaster.
Vali Nasr, a Hopkins University academic and former adviser to the Obama administration, warned the battle will create waves of refugees and instability.