By John Lee.
Jordan has long been host to the training of Iraqi forces following the 2003 war, and US led training of Iraqi Special Forces continued there even after the US withdrawal from Iraq in December 2011.
Until now however, the Hashemite Kingdom has not directly trained Iraqi infantry. This is about to change following an announcement by Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al Obeidi, who recently met with Jordanian King Abdullah.
Obeidi was visiting Jordanian army camps, Reuters reports, following a fence mending diplomatic visit from Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi. Jordanian military support will be vital to the counter-terrorist fight, helping secure the 112 mile border with Iraq and providing equipment to the Iraqi army.
Currently, a multi-nation training mission plans to re-train at least 30,000 Iraqi soldiers from the most effective divisions such as the 6th, 7th, 9th and 17th. The hope is that this will sharpen the existing Iraqi army capability, although it is expected to be a multi-year mission.
If implemented effectively, the recent development will represent the most significant contribution from a Middle Eastern member of the anti-ISIL coalition.