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Task Group TAJI

tgtajiLocation: Iraq

Website: http://www.defence.gov.au/Operations/Okra/Taji.asp

Type: Military

Task Group Taji (TG Taji) is a combined Australian-New Zealand military training force located at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad. The group consists of approximately 300 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel (drawn largely from the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade,) and 110 New Zealand Defence Force personnel.

The aim of TG Taji is to support, train and build the capacity of the regular Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) as part of the international training mission – Building Partner Capacity (BPC). The purpose of BPC is to aid Iraqi security forces in countering Daesh (ISIS).

TG Taji’s main role is training so the role of the ADF and NZDF troops is non-combative, so the group is mostly comprised of trainers, as well as force protection, support and command elements.

Much of this training involves counter-IED work given the threat that ISIS pose in their use of IEDs.

TG Taji is undertaking the BPC mission at the request of both the Iraqi and United States Governments.

TG Taji became fully operational in May 2015 and is planned to continue for two years. Its progress will be reviewed on a regular basis.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.