Commander of the NATO mission: We did training and advice .. There are no combat forces in Iraq

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05/17/2021 16:41

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Baghdad / Al-Masala: National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji discussed, on Monday, the work of the NATO mission in Iraq, with the new commander of the mission in the country, Lt. Gen. Michael Lawesgaard.  

In a statement received by Al-Masalla, Al-Araji’s office stated that the National Security Adviser, Qassem Al-Araji, received in his office Monday the new commander of the NATO mission in Iraq, Lieutenant-General Michael Lollesgaard, and they discussed the mission’s work and its training tasks in Iraq, related to developing training capabilities for Iraqi forces and providing advice. .

The statement added: The new NATO mission commander presented a summary of the mission’s work and its specific tasks, stressing that there is no combat force inside Iraq, but rather the mission’s work is limited to training and advisory tasks, within the framework of cooperation between Iraq and NATO to support the capabilities of the Iraqi forces in counseling and training.

For his part, Al-Araji confirmed, according to the statement, that the Iraqi forces have made great strides in the field of combat experience, noting that cooperation with NATO falls within the framework of the need to develop the training side, which is an important factor to strengthen the capabilities of our security forces and keep abreast of developments in this field.

 NATO’s plans to raise its military force in Iraq are back on the front line again with the escalation of violence and tension between US forces and a number of armed groups.

The NATO commander in Iraq had said earlier that the mission of the NATO mission in Iraq is not combat, and that NATO forces are present on Iraqi soil at the invitation of the government, and that the activities of the alliance are confined to Baghdad, and may expand in other areas if the Iraqi government requests that. .


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