The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) personnel currently serving in Iraq are highly valued instructors who are making a big contribution to the fight against the Islamic State group, Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna said.
Tsahkna, who is currently visiting Iraq, said that the commitment and creativity of the Estonian personnel was hailed by both the Danish officers to whom the Estonian personnel answer in Iraq as well as the Iraqi personnel being trained by the Estonians, spokespeople for the Ministry of Defence said.
"As Minister of Defence, I was honored to be able to hear such positive opinions about our defense forces personnel," he said.
Estonia has deployed a six-strong training team and a staff officer to the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group. The Estonian instructors are serving as part of a Danish contingent at a base situated in Iraq's Anbar Province while the staff officer serves as a military adviser stationed in Baghdad.
The Riigikogu has mandated that the EDF have up to ten personnel deployed with Operation Inherent Resolve, a U.S.-led international military operation launched in June 2014 involving direct military activity and assistance in the fight against the Islamic State group primarily in Iraq and Syria.
Estonia began participating in the operation in August of last year.
Editor: Aili Vahtla