Joint Operations: The tasks of NATO forces are for training, not for combat

2021/02/20 10:21

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Al-Masalla: The spokesperson for the joint operations, Major General Tahsin Al-Khafaji, clarified Saturday 20 February 2021 the tasks of NATO and the international coalition in Iraq.

Al-Khafaji said in a press statement followed by Al-Masalla that there is a difference between the missions of the international coalition forces against ISIS and the missions of NATO in Iraq.

He added that the international coalition against ISIS continues to support the Iraqi armed forces by striking ISIS sites by air, providing intelligence information, as well as providing logistical support and equipment to the Iraqi forces.

He pointed out that the tasks of NATO forces in Iraq are limited to training and qualifying members of the Iraqi armed forces, which are forces for training and not for combat.

Earlier, officials and senior diplomats said that the NATO defense ministers intend to expand the scope of the NATO training mission in Iraq, while Reuters quoted diplomats as saying that the NATO mission, in which Britain, Turkey and Denmark are participating and led by a Danish commander, is finding acceptance among Iraqis. Compared to US power, at a time when the security situation is becoming increasingly unstable.

And return to NATO’s plans to raise its military strength in Iraq to the forefront again.

These plans to expand the NATO mission in Iraq come with the escalation of violence and tension between the US forces and a number of armed groups.

Recent weeks have witnessed attacks by armed groups in Iraq targeting the United States, including a missile attack on the US embassy in Baghdad.

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