Australian military trainers leaving for Iraq

Harriet Conron

A contingent of 330 Australian troops is leaving for Iraq, to train Iraqi forces in the fight against the self-declared Islamic State group.

The Australians will work alongside trainers from New Zealand on a mission that could last for up to two years.

Harriet Conron has the details.

This story first aired on SBS World News Radio, 15 April 2015.

Photo: Flickr/Australian Department of Defence


The Australians will be stationed at the Taji military complex, north of Baghdad.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says they’ll have strictly non-combat roles.

He says the deployment is an important part of Australia’s contribution to the global fight against forces of the Islamic State.

“Large swathes of Iraqi territory do remain under the control of the death cult. Our build partner capacity mission is all about trying to ensure that the legitimate government of Iraq has a trained and disciplined and capable force that understands…

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