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NATO Plans to Expand Training Mission in Iraq

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has revealed its plans to expand the training mission in Iraq, as US President Donald Trump has called for a bigger role by the organization in the Middle East.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, previewing a February 12-13 meeting of NATO defense ministers, told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday that he had been in touch with the top Iraqi officials in hopes of paving the way for the bigger NATO mission in the country.

“It’s a bit early for me to announce any specific decisions,” Stoltenberg said, according to Bloomberg. “But we are looking into, for instance, what more we can do in Iraq in the context of training.”

“We will resume training as soon as possible. We are in close consultation with the Iraqi government.” However, he pointed out that NATO may not make the move unless Baghdad expresses support for it publicly. Source

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