Fifth Batch Of New Zealand Troops Ready To Deploy To Iraq

Fifth Batch Of New Zealand Troops Ready To Deploy To Iraq

New Zealand is set to deploy the fifth batch of its defense forces to Iraq as part of global efforts to combat the Islamic State (ISIS).

The 106 New Zealand troops are ready to deploy to Iraq in late May, after receiving training along with their Australian counterparts.

New Zealander and Australian military personnel from the joint Task Group Taji have trained more than 21,000 Iraqi security forces since their anti-ISIS mission in May 2015.

The 106 troops are expected to join the combined Task Group Taji.

Military trainers from Australia and New Zealand have been deployed to Iraq to help local forces in the fight against ISIS.

In Taji base, north of Baghdad, the trainers are preparing them for the battle to retake ISIS’ last stronghold of Mosul.