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Iraqi Regular Army soldiers graduate from basic training

Mosul, Iraq -
Soldiers from the Iraqi Regular Army recently completed a rigorous basic training program and are being activated to counter anti-Iraqi insurgents operating in northern Iraq.

The soldiers and their instructors, which included members of Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Force, had a graduation ceremony at their training site in Northern Iraq.

"The graduation is a right of passage and a point of immense pride for the defenders of the new Iraq. The dedication to duty and the willingness to stand up and defend their freedom that these soldiers show is amazing. I have tremendous respect for them," said a Multi-National Force officer.

The training program included instruction and testing on marksmanship, weapons employment, leadership, tactics, first aid, relations with civilians, and professional ethics. The program is designed to create well-rounded professional soldiers ready to take positions in the Iraqi Regular Army.

Iraqi Security Forces continue to work together with members of the Multi-National Forces and with the leaders and citizens of Iraq to make it a safe, prosperous, and democratic nation. Anyone with information about anti-Iraqi activity should call the Joint Coordination Center's new telephone numbers at 513462 or 07701623300.

Release #050111i

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