SPAIN will send 300 soldiers to Iraq to help train the national army combat the Islamic State group. 

Defense Minister Pedro Morenes said the troops, were not being sent to fight but added that ‘anything could happen’.

The Spanish soldiers will be training Iraqi troops in explosives handling, land mine clearance and special operations as they continue to fight against IS advances.

It will be the first time that Spanish troops enter Iraq since they withdrew in 2004.

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