NATO to Send 3,500 Troops to Iraq
Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg revealed on Thursday that around 3,500 more troops will be sent to Iraq, while the Iraqi parliament has already warned of such deployments.
“We will expand the NATO training mission in Iraq to ensure that ISIS doesn’t return,” Stoltenberg announced at a press conference on Thursday, adding that this is to respond an increase in Islamic State (IS) attacks.
He argued that the “increase in attacks highlights the importance to increase the NATO mission.”
With the planned deployment, the number of NATO personnel in Iraq will be increased from the current 500 to 4,000 in the country, the NATO.
This comes while the defense and security committee of Iraqi parliament on Thursday warned of NATO’s plans to send more troops to Iraq and made it clear that they will not allow troops of any foreign country to step in Iraq unless the federal government approves it.