By MICHAEL GABBISON The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday approved a measure that would give the U.K. government power to send troops to help fight a surge of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
The Security Council voted 22-2 to approve a resolution authorizing the deployment of 2,000 U.k. troops to Iraq, with a vote expected later.
Britain has sent more than 2,100 troops to fight the militants since the start of the conflict in 2014.
has already sent 1,300 troops.
The resolution authorizes the deployment to Iraq and the creation of a “boots on the ground” advisory force in Iraq to support the effort.
Britain has been sending the troops since 2014, after the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, and has deployed a large number of U.s. troops since then.
The number of troops in Iraq has increased since the end of the 2016 conflict in Syria, with the U.”d sending more than 3,000 troops since the beginning of the war there.
The U.n. vote comes a day after Britain said it was sending a team of special forces to help Kurdish peshmerga forces retake territory from the Islamic State group.
The Kurds have long called for an independent Kurdish state, while the Islamic States group has called for a “caliphate” in Iraq.
The council vote on Tuesday comes as the Trump administration has signaled its intention to pursue a more muscular military approach in Iraq, including sending more troops and airstrikes.
The Obama administration had pushed for a U. nally military campaign against the Islamic U. sis group and for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq.
It has also sought to reassure allies of U..s willingness to intervene and push for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.