Danish soldiers deployed to train Kurds
The defence minister, Nicolai Wammen, revealed today that the first team of Danish soldiers will be sent to Iraq to help train the Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State (IS).
The first team will consist of about 30 soldiers, who will team up with British colleagues, but the plan is to also send a larger training group along with the US to help train the Iraqi security forces in Iraq.
”The deployment of this training group means that Denmark will be among the first countries from the coalition to contribute to the training of security forces in Iraq,” Wammen said in a press release.
”Both the British and the Americans have wanted the Danish Defence to assist with the training.”
Cyprus then Iraq
The first training group is scheduled to be sent to Cyprus on Saturday November 22 in order to complete final preparations with the British, before training in Iraq commences around November 30.
The first team is expected to complete its initial training tour of duty by February 2015.
”In the efforts against the terrible terror organisation IS, it is essential that we take part in more ways to help the Iraqis themselves take up the fight,” Wammen said.