3 Nov 2015

Second group of NZDF trainers off to Iraq

5:58 pm on 3 November 2015

The second group of New Zealand Defence Force trainers have left for Iraq today.

105 personnel left Brisbane for the Middle East after being in Australia since last month to prepare for their deployment.

They will be based at the Taji military camp, north of Baghdad, where they will help train the Iraqi Army.

More than 100 Defence Force personnel were deployed earlier this year alongside the Australian Defence Force.

The overall deployment will be for two years, with a review after nine months.

The first rotation of the New Zealand and Australian personnel have trained up to 2100 Iraqi soldiers so far and expects to train a further 2000 in the coming weeks.