Defeat-ISIS Coalition in Iraq

Personnel: Up to 90 personnel are deployed in the Middle East in roles associated with the Defeat-ISIS Coalition in Iraq

The majority of New Zealand's personnel are based at the combined New Zealand and Australian Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji Military Complex in Iraq. The purpose of the BPC mission is to prepare Iraqi Security Forces units for combat and stabilisation operations. Training includes basic weapons skills, individual and unit military skills to prepare for combat operations as well as other skills like medical support, logistics and training on the laws of armed conflict.

A number of New Zealand Defence Force personnel are deployed to support roles and other positions within the Defeat-ISIS coalition around the region.

In June 2019, Cabinet agreed to conclude New Zealand’s deployment at Taji Military Complex in June 2020. The maximum personnel deployed to Taji will reduce from 95 to 75 from July 2019, then reduce to 45 from January 2020.

In addition to the deployment to Taji, the New Zealand Defence Force will continue in a reduced number of its other associated roles in the region until 2020.

For more information on Operation Inherent Resolve go to: link) (external link).

Copies of the Cabinet papers and the associated minutes of decisions regarding the Iraq contribution are linked in the Deployment Articles section below.