Australia has concluded its training mission with the Iraq Security Forces at Taji Military Complex.
Under the joint Australia-New Zealand Building Partner Capacity Program, Australia has trained more than 47,000 members of the Iraqi Security Forces since 2015.
Support from the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) has increased the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces to conduct independent operations and aid the current battle of Iraq to defeat IS.
Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said: “The ADF has been at the very forefront of the work at Taji.
“Last year, I saw first-hand the incredible contribution our personnel have made at Taji and had the opportunity to thank them for their significant efforts.
“The substantial progress made against Daesh and the increased capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces means that our training mission at Taji has reached logical and natural conclusion.”
Iraqi School of Infantry, the local partner of Australia, became the first Coalition facility to achieve independent operating capability in November last year.
Australia will continue to support Iraq and play a major role in the Global Counter Daesh Coalition.
In December last year, Australian troops from the ninth rotation of Task Group Taji returned home following their six-month deployment to Iraq.
Around 250 armed forces personnel from the Australian Army and the New Zealand Defence Force arrived in Brisbane.
The Australian contingent included troops from the army’s 2nd / 14th Light Horse Regiment and the 7th Brigade.