Friday, September 12, 2008

Iraqi soldiers complete 'Scorpion' course

A group of Iraqi soldiers have become the first graduates of the Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Al Aqrab (Scorpion) course, which was completed in Basra earlier this week.

Major Bev Allen of 2 Royal Anglian (left) salutes Iraqi Army Brigadier Bilal at the passing out parade for the Iraqi Junior NCOs at the old Iraqi Naval Academy, Basra[Picture: LA(Phot) Jannine B Hartmann]

Under the watchful gaze of their instructors from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers) the Iraqi soldiers, or Jundi, spent seven days being trained in tactics and leadership. The course culminated in a passing out parade attended by their Commanding Officer, Brigadier Bilal, of the 51st Brigade, Iraqi Army. He said:

"This is the first course of Al Aqrab from 51st Brigade our soldiers have completed, giving them knowledge and experience to pass on to other soldiers. We will make good use of the upcoming courses to build our forces to a high standard in order to conduct their duties and take this ground experience with them throughout their battalions and units."

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