Iraqi law enforcement trainees graduate from Aus-NZ Task Group Taji

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Around 1,900 police from Iraq’s Ninewah province graduated last week from the Taji Military Complex, part of Australia and New Zealands expanded Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission.

Since May 2015, more than 19,000 Iraqi Security Force (ISF) and Iraqi law enforcement personnel have trained under Task Group Taji.

BPC training includes Law of Armed Conflict, weapons handling, marksmanship, explosive hazard awareness, combat first aid, urban operations, obstacle breaching techniques and combined arms operations.

The Commander of Australia’s defence forces in the Middle East region Major General John Frewen said the graduation marked a significant milestone.

"This graduation is an important event, as these Ninewah policemen will help ensure that we not only win the current fight but, more importantly, we win the subsequent peace," MAJGEN Frewen said.

"Police forces are essential to building a capable and inclusive Iraq."

Task Group Taji-4 Commander, Colonel Richard Vagg, said the graduates will undertake security and stabilisation tasks in and around Mosul, and in northern Iraq, in line with Australia's and the counter-Daesh coalition's military campaign to liberate the region from Daesh.

"Iraq’s security forces, including federal and local police, are playing the lead role in defeating Daesh - then defending, holding and stabilising liberated areas," said COL Vagg.

"Our current group of trainers from the Australian and New Zealand defence forces have provided more than 1,900 members of these forces with much-needed military skills."

ISF continue to lead the successful operation underway to liberate Mosul and maintain security in territory recaptured from Daesh.

"Hold forces such as the Ninewah Police are a key element in the ongoing clearance of Mosul,” COL Vagg said.

"They will secure the now cleared eastern side of the city, providing flank protection to the Counter Terrorism Service, Iraqi Army and Federal Police as they clear the western side."

As more areas continue to be liberated from Daesh, strong and effective hold forces are a priority to maintain security and support stabilisation operations.

"The police are determined to defend their country against Daesh,” COL Vagg said.

Now in its fourth rotation, Task Group Taji is a combined force of around 300 ADF and 100 NZDF personnel.


Iraqi law enforcement trainees graduate from Aus-NZ Task Group Taji
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