Aus-NZ troops make 'slow and steady' progress

  • 19/08/2015
The joint Australian-New Zealand task group based in Taji has to date trained 1600 Iraqi soldiers (NZDF)
The joint Australian-New Zealand task group based in Taji has to date trained 1600 Iraqi soldiers (NZDF)

Iraqi government troops trained by Australian and New Zealand soldiers are making "slow and steady" progress in taking back the key city of Ramadi, says Australia's chief of joint operations.

"While gains here are measured in streets and buildings rather than square kilometres, it reflects a growing level of resilience and provides evidence that progress is being achieved," Vice-Admiral David Johnston said today.

"[But] Daesh no longer has the same freedom of manoeuvre."

The joint Australian-New Zealand task group based in Taji has to date trained 1600 Iraqi soldiers.

Vice-Adml Johnston was commenting following revelations about the death of a senior Daesh or Islamic State commander in an attack by Australian jet fighters.

A RAAF Hornet bomber destroyed a Daesh base in Anbar province in early July, killing the battalion commander and 15 fighters.

"This leader controlled Daesh operations in an area of western Iraq and directed attack planning and execution by Daesh forces," Vice-Adlm Johnston said.

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