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>> Iraqi police recruits getting ready to hold grounds in Easter Mosul as army units prepare to battle for the west of the city, still under Islamic State control. About 1700 recruits will be ready to join the Nineveh police force by the end of the week, their Australian trainer says.
Their training at the Taji military base near Baghdad is part of the US-led coalition program to boost Iraqi security forces in the fight against Islamic State.>> The whole forces are very important. As the Iraqi army, federal police, and counter-terrorism service go through and defeat the military arm of Daesh, it's important that we establish a good, secure whole force to prevent Daesh filling back into those areas that have been liberated.
>> Trainers say that teaching paramilitary more than police skills, including identifying explosives and securing abandoned buildings.>>
> Most of the recruits are former army or police members who fled Mosul when Islamic State captured it two years ago. Even so, the graduates will be straight in at the deep end.