‘A real contribution’ – NZ Army helps train more than 12,000 Iraqi soldiers

October 5, 2016

“The number of Iraqi personnel receiving training, combined with the gradual progress being made by Iraqi forces on the ground against Daesh (ISIS) 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.

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