Iraq’s Qwat Khasa are on target at Taji Military Complex
2 March 2018
The 1st Qwat Khasa Battalion are the newest addition to Iraq’s growing Special Forces capability and have been training with instruction from Australian and New Zealand military trainers from Task Group Taji for more than 6 months.
Selected members of the 1st Qwat Khasa (QK) Battalion completed the Advanced Marksmanship Course at Taji Military Complex with an assessment that resulted in the qualification of 13 marksman pairs.
Cpl Luke Ryder, a trainer with Training Team 4, said the Advanced Marksmanship course taught the QK battalion the methods of concealment, judging distance and observation and the ability to utilise precision weapons and included a final exercise to test the training.
“The culminating activity included a stalk, where we test the trainees on their ability to conduct a clandestine infiltration to a fire position.
“From there the trainees have to acquire a target, judge distance to that target and apply the correct data to the weapon systems to accurately engage the target,” added Cpl Ryder.
The assessment was the culmination of a four-week instruction package delivered by the trainers of Task Group Taji 6.
Maj Chris Lingard led the training team and praised the hard work of the Iraqi soldiers.
“This four week course included both practical and theory on trade-craft and marksmanship principles. We successful qualified 13 pairs during this training period,” said Maj Lingard.
“The qualification rate shows the hard work and diligence to task applied by the trainees but also demonstrates the skill of our team to successfully deliver high-end combat training regardless of barriers such as language and weapons systems,” added Maj Lingard.