Despite intense White House pressure on NATO to get more operationally involved in the Middle East, there is very little enthusiasm to go beyond what the allies are already doing across the region, according to NATO insiders. Publicly, allied diplomats point to a wider military training role in Iraq or stronger contacts with NATO’s existing partners as possible, if cautious, options.
“There is absolutely no political appetite in Europe to fill America’s shoes in the Middle East or to barge into another country with it these days,” one European NATO official told Jane’s on 28 January. “It’s the prevailing mood.”
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