British soldiers are in Iraq training the Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, the Ministry of Defense in London said Saturday.

A “small, specialist team” is operating in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, training Peshmerga how to use the heavy machine guns Britain supplied in September.

The deployment was approved by Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, a ministry spokeswoman said. […]