NZ troops help train Iraqi Security Forces

By Aroha Treacher

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is playing its role in helping Iraqi troops step up its military power.

A group of New Zealand soldiers were sent to Iraq to help train Iraqi soldiers in an effort to combat the terrorism organisation Daesh, the terrorist organisation known as ISIS.

NZDF personnel set up training scenarios with Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) at Taji Base, a military complex near Baghdad , where around 100 New Zealand and around 300 Australian troops are based.

They get special training in basic weapon skills, individual and team skills to help prepare them for combat as well as learning medical support and logistics.

Training is not just limited to combat in the field it also includes teaching them the ethics of armed combat and schooling on the international human rights laws.

Since April 2015, around 6600 ISF members have been trained by the Australia and New Zealand troops, with another 350 Iraqi currently undergoing training.

Working alongside the Australian Defence Force in this capacity is part of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission. A mission agreed on by both Iraqi and Coalition trainers to get ISF to a standard where they are considered to be a self-sufficient and capable unit for the Iraqi government.

Last night 70 of the NZDF personnel were welcomed home at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base in Ohakea.

Te Kāea reporter Aroha Treacher has more tonight at 5:30pm.

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