Spain’s Military Contribution to the Coalition

Spain’s contribution involves 480 Spanish military personnel delivering training and capacity-building to Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in several areas and regions:

Building Partnership Capability, Besmayah: Spain’s Armed Forces provide conventional warfare training to the ISF.

Building Partnership Capability, Taji: Spain’s Armed Forces are part of the “Special Operations Task Groups” which focus on a specialized training to the ISF.

Special Operations Task Group: 65 Spanish service members are providing special forces training in Baghdad and in Taji.

Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters in Arfijan, Kuwait: provides staff officer training.

Combined Force Land Component Command-Iraq, Baghdad.

Since the start of the operation, around 37,000 members of the Iraqi Security Forces have received training from Spain’s through “Operation Inherent Resolve”.

Building Partner Capability, Besmayah

Spain leads Coalition efforts training Iraqi Security Forces at the Building Partner Capability (BPC) site in Besmayah, where, in conjunction with other Coalition partners (Portugal, the UK and the U.S.) Spain’s military forces are training the ISF in conventional warfare.

After the fall of a majority of Daesh-occupied regions, the main objectives of BPC have been reconfigured to assure effective control over the territory and its stability. For this purpose, the main tasks of Spanish forces include:

Training and education of ISF Infantry and Commando Brigades, Artillery, Medical, and Engineering Units.

Specific training on demining and countering Improvised Explosive Devices. Experts from the Spanish Civil Guard and engineers provide instruction on one of the areas that the Coalition considers critical.

Ensuring the protection and mobility of the Besmayah base, as well as the conditions of its facilities.

Improving the capacity of the Border Guard Police to protect the border with Syria through the project “Border Guard Presence in a Box”. Besmayah is pioneer in this kind of instruction, which includes the installation of observation points along the border.

Providing courses on non-commissioned officer leadership and on trainer’s qualification.

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