NATO's train-the-trainer mission in Iraq is making progress on several fronts, including ordnance disposal, equipment codification, and cyber-awareness training, according to the mission's out-going commander, Major General Dany Fortin.
"We are setting the conditions for a long-term partnership between NATO and Iraq," Maj Gen Fortin told reporters in Brussels on 7 November after he briefed NATO officials about the mission's activities during its first year.
Approximately 500 civilian and military personnel are attached to the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI), with the bulk assigned to the greater Baghdad area and to the Iraqi military's Camp Taji base and Besmaya range complex, where he said most of NMI's training activities take place.
Noting that NMI has grown steadily over the year, with its training teams embedded in Iraq's Ministry of Defence, training schools, and defence university, Maj Gen Fortin pointed to two concrete benchmarks the mission has achieved.
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