The first Iraqi soldiers to be trained in the UK have completed their training in Wales.
The 35 officers and non-commissioned officers will return to Iraq to train the country’s Security Forces and will eventually take over the British peacekeeping role.
The three-month training course taught the soldiers military planning and strategy, which deputy chief of staff of the Iraqi armed forces, Lieutenant General Nasier Al Abadi, said was the first step to bringing ethics and human rights to the Iraqi military.
Ministry of Defence spokesman, David Stevens, said the training would teach the men to think for themselves ‘in the British manner’.
Armed Forces minister Adam Ingram took the salute at the passing-out parade. “I truly view you as brave men, you have a difficult task ahead of you,” he said. “Take care and look after your country.”
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