AUSTRALIAN-NEW ZEALAND TASK GROUP TRAIN IRAQI SOLDIERS TO FIGHT ISIL
The combined Australian-New Zealand Task Group have completed training of more than 700 soldiers from the 16th Division’s 76th Iraqi Army Brigade to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in the country. Undertaken at the Taji Military Complex, north-west of Baghdad, the eight-week training programme focused on the planning and conduct of operations, weapon handling, basic tactical manoeuvre, and integration of intelligence, as well as leadership and ethical behaviour in war. Camp Taji is one of the four US-led building partner capacity (BPC) mission sites across Iraq. The graduation of 76th Brigade soldiers takes the total number of Iraqi Security Forces personnel trained by coalition forces across the BPC sites to fight ISIL, also called Daesh, to 10,000.