Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Matt on Front Line in Fight on Terrorism; Anzac Day a Special Time for Gladstone Corporal on Duty in Iraq

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Matt on Front Line in Fight on Terrorism; Anzac Day a Special Time for Gladstone Corporal on Duty in Iraq

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Byline: Sharon Mascall-Dare

THIS Anzac Day will carry extra significance for Corporal Matthew Albury as he serves his country as an army linguist in Iraq for Operation Okra.

The 31-year-old army corporal from Gladstone is deployed with Task Group Taji Rotation Four -- a combined force of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel that is training Iraqi Security Forces, north of Baghdad.

For the next few months, Corporal Albury will be based at the Taji Military Complex, where he's working as Arabic-speaking linguist and providing Iraqi soldiers with training in marksmanship, infantry tactics and first aid.

"The training the Iraqis are getting from Anzac soldiers is improving their combat capability and helping them to defeat Daesh," he said.

"To see the Iraqi soldiers absorb and apply the information that I am able to provide in their native language, and see them become better soldiers, is truly rewarding."

Corporal Albury studied Modern Standard Arabic at the Australian Defence Force's School of Languages near Melbourne for a year before spending time in Egypt and Jordan for further training on local regional dialects. …

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