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Anzacs train 20,000 Iraqis

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/02/2017

New Zealand and Australian troops have now trained more than 20,000 Iraqis in basic combat, the Defence Force says.

A batch of 1900 Iraqi Federal Police recently completed the five-week training course at Camp Taji, it was revealed on Tuesday.

"This is not just a training milestone," joint forces commander Major General Tim Galls said in a statement.

"The latest batch of trainees to march out now form part of stabilisation forces who are working to ensure that the gains made against Daesh (Islamic State) - in Ramadi, Fallujah, east Mosul and other parts of Iraq - are sustained."

About 100 New Zealand soldiers, and 300 Australians, have been in Iraq since May 2015 in what was initially meant to be a two-year mission based solely at Camp Taji.

It has now been extended out to November 2018 and the soldiers are now travelling to other parts of Iraq to train the locals.

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