Iraqi officers begin sapper training course in Seville (SPAIN)

Twenty Iraqi military commanders arrived at the Morón de la Frontera base in Seville on Saturday to begin a three-week course in locating and clearing landmines, the Defense Ministry said yesterday.


The program is part of a NATO plan to train the new Iraqi army so that US forces in the region can be reduced. Countries that opposed the 2003 Iraq invasion, such as France and Germany, have agreed to help train the army outside of Iraq. Two more sapper courses in Spain are planned for January-February and March-April, a source at the Defense Ministry said.

Von: 8 November 2005, (El Pais-English Edition)--By M. GONZÁLEZ

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