NATO defence ministers agreed to begin planning for a formal NATO training mission in Iraq during a meeting in Brussels on 15 February. That mission is expected to be formally launched during the alliance’s summit in July.
NATO currently trains Iraqi officers in Jordan and Serbia, with ad hoc teams of national experts moving in and out of Iraq for very short periods to carry out de-mining or training in the areas of medical, logistics, and countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
“The idea now is to move from that to a more substantial concept where we train the trainers [in Iraq] and build up its defence academies, for example,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the decision.
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