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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 June, 2005, 05:55 GMT 06:55 UK
Iraqis begin Welsh officer course
British soldier training officers in Iraq
The soldiers are being trained for the specific requirements of Iraq
A group of Iraqi soldiers have arrived in Wales for a three-month instructors' training course with the British Army.

Once the 40 officers have completed the programme, they will be able to teach other officers back home in Iraq.

The training is taking place at the British Army's Infantry Battle School at Brecon in Powys.

Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram said the training underpinned the UK's commitment to helping restore peace and order in Iraq.

The 40 junior officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) have been chosen for the training by their commanding officers because of their potential to make good teachers at their own military academy.

The army said the group would be taught leadership skills, instructional techniques and undergo team building exercises.

The training we can deliver is second to none
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Goldsack

The course has been tailored for the demands of working in Iraq, a spokesman said.

When the soldiers return home, they are to train other officers in the Iraq Security Forces (ISF).

Mr Ingram said: "The British Army has a legacy of being a leader in training forces from around the world.

"The training of Iraqi officers at the Army's unique facilities in Brecon not only endorses that legacy, but underpins the UK's commitment to Iraq by enabling the ISF to develop and take responsibility for security."

He said the training would also reinforce training of security forces personnel in Iraq, which was already being undertaken by British forces.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Goldsack, commanding officer of the army school in Brecon, said: "The training we can deliver is second to none.

"Bringing the Iraqi students to Wales means that they can benefit from these facilities and our resident instructors.

"We are delighted to be involved with developing these officers and NCOs to a high standard that will equip them with the key skills to train others."


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