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NZ helps train more than 12,000 Iraqis

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/10/2016

When two Iraqi army units completed their training at Camp Taji this week the number that have been instructed by New Zealand and Australian soldiers passed the 12,000 mark.

"The number of Iraqi personnel receiving training, combined with the gradual progress being made by Iraqi forces on the ground against Daesh (Islamic State) shows the mission is meeting its aim," Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said.

"Our forces are highly effective trainers, and through this deployment New Zealand is making a real contribution to Iraq's ability to combat Daesh."

The training involves weapons handling, combat first aid, live firing, building clearance, counter-IED (improvised explosive devices), leadership, tactics and techniques through to company-level operations.

New Zealand has had around 140 Defence Force personnel at the camp near Baghdad since April 2015.

The deployment was for two years, but in June this year it was extended to November 2018.

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