Foreign assistance to Kurdish Peshmerga forces has been ramped up with a new battalion-level training course kicking off outside Erbil.

For the first time, military instructors from the international coalition against Islamic State will train an entire battalion, aiming to increase the Peshmerga’s tactical effectiveness in maneuvering larger groups of soldiers.

At a ceremony at Zerevani Camp in Bneslawa outside of Erbil on Tuesday, Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Mustafa Sayid Qadir welcomed the new training in a speech to two companies of soldiers and their foreign trainers. […]