Iraqi soldiers march during a ceremony at the site of a mass grave containing the remains of people believed to have been slain by ISIS jihadis at the Speicher camp in the city of Tikrit, on April 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Australia said Tuesday 330 troops were heading to Iraq for two years to train local soldiers fighting jihadis including ISIS, joining an aerial and special forces contingent in the region.Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the troops would be deployed from Wednesday and operate from the massive Taji base complex north of Baghdad alongside 100 soldiers from New Zealand. Some 170 Australian special forces are already in Iraq helping train government troops.Abbott said the special forces contingent were set to complete their mission in the third-quarter of this year.
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