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Iraqi Training Sites Now Operational, Pentagon Spokesman Says

By Claudette Roulo
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 – The fourth and final training site for Iraqi forces started operations today in Irbil, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.

About 100 Kurdish peshmerga forces started training at the Irbil site today, he told reporters at a regular Pentagon news briefing.

"There's still some site infrastructure work that has to go on at that particular site," Kirby noted.

About 3,500 additional forces are receiving training at the remaining three sites, located in Al Asad, Bismayah and at Camp Taji near Baghdad, the admiral said. Eventually, the training areas will be able to process a total of 12 brigades at once, he said -- nine Iraqi security force brigades and three brigades of peshmerga troops.

Training is being conducted by a combination of U.S. and coalition forces and a full training cycle will take about six weeks, Kirby added.

(Follow Claudette Roulo on Twitter: @roulododnews)


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