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ADF Taji 6 completes training rotation

5th June 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The joint Australian and New Zealand task group, Taji 6, has completed a six-month deployment in Iraq, training more than 5,675 members of the Iraqi Security Forces.

Task Group Taji 7 will now take over the training mission as part of Operation Okra – the the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the international effort to combat the terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria.

Task Group Taji is a combined Australian-New Zealand military training force located at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad. The combined task group consists of around 300 Australian Defence Force personnel drawn largely from the Australian Army's 3rd Brigade, alongside approximately 110 New Zealand Defence Force personnel. The group comprises trainers, force protection, support and command elements.

Commander of Task Group Taji 7, Colonel Mick Say, said: ‘Task Group 7 collectively is very keen to get started and get into the mission. Our preparation for this deployment has been extensive and we are all ready to start.

‘We will continue to develop the capabilities of the Iraqi Army, in particular the Brigades, and build on the relationships with other coalition partners that are here supporting us and delivering training as well.’

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