With political and public opposition to military intervention overseas, budget cuts and the smallest number of troops since the days of Oliver Cromwell the British Army are having to play a new role in a deeply unstable world. Through the eyes of the rank and file troops and their leaders we follow British forces helping the Iraqis to defeat Islamic State. As the battle for Mosul begins, the series is with British regiments operating behind the front-lines. Soldiers from 1 Rifles are in Northern Iraq where they are training a group of Kurdish recruits called the Green Eagles. Many of the Eagles are civilians with little or no combat experience and the British troops have just weeks to train them. General Jones is the most senior British officer in Iraq, he is the Deputy Commander of an International Coalition of 73 nations. His job is to provide the Iraqi army with tactical advice and to use coalition airstrikes to shape the battlefield. But in the first 51 days of the fight to ...