NZDF personnel are currently deployed to Iraq, and working alongside the Australian Defence Force as part of a Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission.
The purpose of the BPC mission is to train Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to be able to conduct combat operations at a trained level, as agreed by both the Iraqis and Coalition trainers. It also aims to train ISF to a state where they are considered a self-sustaining capability for the Iraqi Government.
Training of the ISF at the Taji Military Complex covers a broad range of individual and organisational military skills, including basic weapons skills, individual and unit military skills to prepare for combat operations, as well as other skills like medical support and logistics.
The New Zealand Building Partner Capacity deployment was initially for two years, from May 2015 and has now been extended until November 2018.
The mission's mandate has also been amended to allow small numbers of our training and force protection team at Taji to travel to Besmaya, a secure training location southeast of Taji.