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Spc. Dylan Miner helps train Iraqi military police in how to fire their weapons Tuesday at a range near Tal Afar. The training is just as much an assessment as learning. “We’re here to promote a brotherhood for a greater goal,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy, a special forces soldier who is the leader of the effort. Most of the members of the training team are from the Alaska-based 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment.

Spc. Jose Joya, front right, loads ammunition alongside Pfc. Joshua Cordle, left, and Pfc. Sean Eichrodt.

Spc. Aaron Pittman helps train Iraqi military police in the firing of their weapons on Tuesday near Tal Afar. Pittman and most of the other members of the training team are from the Alaska-based 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, part of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Spc. Daniel Harbaugh helps with the training. The three-week course focuses on marksmanship, advanced operations in urban terrain and team structure.

Iraqi trainees take aim at targets. Iraqi police 1st Lt. Basam Al-jiboon, a former Iraqi army officer, said, “I think it is great training. We were under old techniques before this training came along.”

Sgt. Tessa Stanbrough, a member of the U.S. Army Military Police, helps train Iraqi military police in the firing of their weapons. The military integrates a few women in the training to get the Iraqis used to seeing women in the military work force.

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