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Nearly 5,000 Iraqi Security Forces Complete Coalition Training

Feb. 17, 2017

Iraqi security forces have nearly 5,000 more personnel to assist as hold forces in eastern Mosul -- and eventually will fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in western Mosul -- following recent graduation ceremonies at Taji, Besmaya, Erbil and Al Asad Air Base.

An Iraqi soldier assigned to the 76th Iraqi Army Brigade fires a sniper rifle during a live-fire range at Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 26, 2016. The range gave the Iraqi soldiers a chance to become more proficient with their weapons. This training is critical to enabling the Iraqi security forces to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they work to regain territory from the terrorist group.
Iraqi security forces have nearly 5,000 more personnel to assist as hold forces in eastern Mosul -- and eventually will fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in western Mosul following recent graduation ceremonies. Pictured here, an Iraqi soldier assigned to the 76th Iraqi Army Brigade fires a sniper rifle during a live-fire training exercise at Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 26, 2016. The range enables Iraqi soldiers to become more proficient with their weapons. This training is critical to assist the Iraqi security forces to defeat ISIS as they work to regain territory from the terrorist group. Army photo by Cpl. Craig Jensen
An Iraqi soldier assigned to the 76th Iraqi Army Brigade fires a sniper rifle during a live-fire range at Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 26, 2016. The range gave the Iraqi soldiers a chance to become more proficient with their weapons. This training is critical to enabling the Iraqi security forces to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they work to regain territory from the terrorist group.
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Iraqi security forces have nearly 5,000 more personnel to assist as hold forces in eastern Mosul -- and eventually will fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in western Mosul following recent graduation ceremonies. Pictured here, an Iraqi soldier assigned to the 76th Iraqi Army Brigade fires a sniper rifle during a live-fire training exercise at Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 26, 2016. The range enables Iraqi soldiers to become more proficient with their weapons. This training is critical to assist the Iraqi security forces to defeat ISIS as they work to regain territory from the terrorist group. Army photo by Cpl. Craig Jensen
Photo By: U.S. Army Cpl. Craig Jensen
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At Taji and Besmaya, nearly two thousand Ninevah policemen graduated and are poised to assist in the fight against ISIS in Mosul.

Taking the Fight to ISIS

“Task Group Taji IV is proud to see them develop into an effective security force, ready to take the fight to ISIS,” said Australian Col. Richard Vagg, task group commander.

Australian and New Zealand Defense Force soldiers are the lead element at Task Group Taji IV, one of four Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-led training locations in Iraq. Over the past month, the coalition provided infantry-based tactics, techniques and procedures to men who will play a major role in defending, holding and stabilizing liberated areas.

In Besmaya, Spanish coalition members led Ninevah police forces training.

Iraqi Police Trainees ‘Young, Determined’

"The police trainees are determined to defend their country against ISIS,” Vagg said. “They’re young and determined -- many of them come from Mosul where they’ve lost family members to ISIS’s campaign of terror.”

In addition, 300 Iraqi soldiers graduated from patrol and clearing techniques training at Al Asad Air Base. The training, led by the combined efforts of Danish, British, Latvian, Estonian and American forces, will ensure the Iraqi forces are operationally capable in their efforts to defeat ISIS.

The government of Iraq, supported by the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve multinational coalition, launched the Mosul offensive in October 2016 to liberate Iraq’s second-largest city which was taken from them in 2014.

Liberation of Eastern Mosul

After three months of intense fighting, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of eastern Mosul Jan. 24. As the Iraqi security forces prepare to engage in the next phase of their operation, hold forces such as the Ninevah police will be essential to provide immediate support and security, enabling the ISF to focus on the western side of the Tigris River.

Combined Joint Force Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve is the ground forces command that supports the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve’s ongoing multinational coalition mission to defeat ISIS in Iraq.