Defence ministry seeks approval to deploy field hospital in Iraq

The defence committee of the lower house has recommended that lawmakers support the deployment of a Czech field hospital in Iraq. The team would count around 30 specialists who would help treat allied troops and Iraqi soldiers injured in the fight against Islamic State militants in and around Mosul. The team together with logistics support should be sent out before the end of the year and Defence Minister Martin Stropnický has stressed the need for a fast decision in view of the time pressure. Both houses of parliament are due to vote on the proposal this week.