Iraq's Australian-Trained Ninewa Commandos Preparing To Take Back Mosul From Islamic State

23/01/2016 8:48 PM AEDT | Updated 28/09/2016 9:57 PM AEST
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 photo, Iraqi security forces clear central Ramadi of Islamic State fighters, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. The Islamic State group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq where it declared an Islamic caliphate in June 2014, suffered several defeats recently in both countries, including the loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi and parts of northern and northeastern Syria over the past months. (AP Photo)

In Iraq, a group of 300 commandos is preparing for a bloody fight against Islamic State (IS) to take back their beloved home city of Mosul.

By international standards, the Ninewa Operations Command's battalion would hardly be considered elite, but their Australian and New Zealand trainers are working hard to improve their fighting skills.

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