Iraqi Parliament to Investigate NATO’s Plan to Expand Mission: Report
The Iraqi parliament will investigate a recently announced plan by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to expand its mission and increase troops in Iraq, a report said.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg recently announced that the 30-member alliance will expand its security training mission in Iraq in order to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism.
“The size of our mission will increase from 500 personnel to around 4,000 and training activities will now include more Iraqi security institutions and areas beyond Baghdad,” Stoltenberg told reporters at the conclusion of a two-day virtual NATO defense ministers meeting last Thursday.
Iraqi al-Maalouma news agency said the parliamentary Committee for Defense and Security Affairs will host Qasim al-Araaji next Thursday to brief the committee on the NATO’s plan.
A source told the news agency that the Iraqi parliament seeks to prevent the increase of foreign troops in the country “under the pretext of security trainings”.
Despite having a full victory over the Islamic State announced over three years ago, Iraq still struggles with the remnants of the terrorist group.
Many believe the country’s security forces alone are incapable of not only combating the remaining jihadists, but also prevent the resurgence of the extremist group like in 2014.