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Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made in training the Iraqi army; and if he will make a statement. (129311)

The coalition has so far trained and equipped an Iraqi Army comprising ten divisions and around 135,000 personnel.

The new Iraqi military headquarters in Baghdad has full operational control of four divisions of the Iraqi Army and more divisions will transfer over the coming months. This transfer of command and control is a critical step towards the Iraqi Government taking full responsibility for delivering security in Iraq.