Another 24 SVK personnel are off to Iraq to press on with the task of training Iraqi soldiers

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SVK soldiers will continue to train Iraqi Security Forces instructors in the fields of demining and repairs of Soviet-era military hardware. The 2nd rotation will see 24 personnel deployed to Iraq. Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš and CHOD General Milan Maxim today bid their farewell to them during the pre-deployment ceremony at Engineer Battalion Sereď.

In his remarks, Minister Gajdoš said: “The expertise and experience our soldiers have gained during their training at home can now pass on to members of the Iraqi Security Forces, so that they can get ready to defend their country on their own.” The Minister went on to emphasise that only the best soldiers can serve as instructors. He further reminded that every SVK contribution to international crisis management operations is a testament to Slovakia being an active contributor to European and global security.

As CHOD General Milan Maxim noted, SVK personnel already have previous experience from Iraq. “Some soldiers who returned from Iraq at the end of last year are now deploying on another tour of duty. They are thoroughly prepared for their tasks and ready to share their expertise.”

The 2nd rotation will see the SVK personnel engaged in Iraq as part of their non-combat training mission in support of the NATO Training and Capacity Building in Iraq (NTCB-I). The training is being conducted under NATOʼs Defence Capacity Building (DCB) package for Iraq, with the consent of the Republic of Iraq. The conditions of service are in accordance with international agreements and international contractual documents. Their mission involves no combat activity.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - Ivan Kelement - Date: 31.01.2018
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