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NATO To Enhance Its Mission in Iraq: Secretary General

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NATO To Enhance Its Mission in Iraq: Secretary General

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Click to see full-size image

On February 13th, NATO members agreed to enhance its training mission in Iraq, amid reports that members such as Germany, France and Australia plan to fully withdraw from the country.

Stoltenberg vowed that “everything we do will be in close consultation and coordination with the Iraqi government.”

Allied ministers agreed in principle to enhance NATO Mission Iraq. “In the first instance, this will consist of taking on some of the Global Coalition’s current training activities,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

He underlined that NATO is in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government. “Our aim is to increase the capacity of the Iraqi armed forces so that they no longer require our support,” he said.

Ministers also discussed what more NATO can do to help build stability across the wider Middle East and North Africa.

Stoltenberg highlighted that NATO’s work in Iraq is helping strengthen the Iraqi armed forces and institutions to ensure ISIS cannot return, and Iraq no longer requires support.

He also underlined that NATO is in Iraq at the invitation of the government and the Alliance will continue to consult closely with Iraqi authorities and the Coalition.

This is also likely a result of the calls to reduce US presence in Iraq, if that happens, but if NATO receives an increased presence, this would mean that the US could still pull the strings behind the policy there.

In the statements on February 12th, Stoltenberg said that a few hundred soldiers could simply be added to the NATO mission in Iraq, but there is yet no response by the Iraqi government and people and their attitude towards the possibility.

Especially now that there is a new incoming Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Alawi.

“There is much angst in the American mind that Mohammed Allawi, once confirmed as prime minister by the Iraqi parliament, may not only restructure U.S.-Iraqi relations, but eventually take the wind out of the sails of the so-called protests that Washington and its regional allies have inserted since October 2019.”

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  • zman

    Stoltenbergs statement is reminiscent of American statements, the same old ‘when ISIS is gone’. Is NATO any better than the US military? Who let loose over 100 cruise missiles into Syria? Looks to me like the fox will remain in the hen house. All westerners need to leave, ASAP. No NATO personnel can be trusted, their loyalty lies with the enemy…and Stoltenberg is a POS liar.

    • goingbrokes

      Couldn’t have put it better!

    • Jake321

      So says you buy not the Iraqi Government.

    • Bobby Twoshoes

      NATO is worse than the US because they provide “plausible” (he says with tongue in cheek) deniability to the US . The only reference I can find to any Iraqi request is Stoltenberg trying to avoid the question of whether there as been any such request. At least my country is getting out, if they can’t stop Australia burning at least they can stop Australians burning Iraq.

      • Cheryl Brandon

        INDEED

    • Cheryl Brandon

      NOPE

  • Samuel Vanguard

    NATO will never leave the Middle east,because it’s interests are to control resources of Middle East it is the sad reality of Neo-Colonialism.

    • zman

      Not voluntarily at any rate.

    • Cheryl Brandon

      INDEED

  • goingbrokes

    Training missions blah blah blah… NATO is a parasitic growth on Iraq and is pulling out all the stops to be able to remain and continue parasitising. Iran could train Iraqi army in half the time to a much higher level of efficiency. Plus western intelligence agencies wouldn’t have such a free access to Middle East if Iraq was closed to them. So please Iraq, don’t let them stay. They are thieves!

    • Jake321

      Guess when push comes to shove, the Iraqis like NATO more than the Islamist Iranians.

    • Cheryl Brandon

      MORE COLONIALISATION UNDER THE LIES OF STABILITY.

  • Ronald

    “In the first instance, this will consist of taking on some of the Global Coalition’s current training activities”.
    So what foreign forces will NATO represent if the French, Germans, and Australians leave, the US and the UK. Possibly Canada, but they are trying to get a seat on the UNSC so a neutral profile would be required.
    The training activities are focused on the Kurds and bringing the K1 ( Kurkusk) oil fields back into Bazarian Kurdish control. They can pipe it and whatever they can steal from Al Qamishli, in Syria up into Turkey.

  • DannyC

    they’ve been colonized at this point. They’ll pretend to be training the locals or fighting ISIS but we all know what it is. They just want to keep assets close to Iran and secure the oil

  • Mustafa Mehmet

    You will see next on line is Syria

  • Barba_Papa

    Stoltenburg is a Quisling who sold his country out to do the bidding of the US. Which is why he got the job of NATO secretary general in the first place. All Europeans who became SG were Quislings like that, otherwise the US would have vetoed their appointment.

    • Cheryl Brandon

      DAM RIGHT

    • Vitex

      Be careful with the term Quisling. Vidkun Quisling never sold out his country. They sold HIM out. Before getting executed by a kangaroo court at the freemason headquarters in Oslo (you can’t make this shit up), Quisling was responsible for saving many from starvation during the Holodomor

  • FlorianGeyer
  • verner

    would be interesting to see on what grounds nato feel entitled to remain in iraq despite the iraqi people through the parliamentary body has voted for all foreign forces to fuck off – the answer is simple, nato is a lapdog of the disunited states of A and nato does what the crumbling colossus tells it to do. stoltenberg is an ass-wipe and worth as much as a quarter of a bucket of dung.

    • Jake321

      The Iraqi Government asked NATO to stay and increase its aid. Try to keep up.

      • Bobby Twoshoes

        “Iraqi Government” is a weird way of spelling Donald Trump.

        • Jake321

          Your mistake, not mine. Again, the Iraqi Government has asked NATO to stay and increase their support there. Learn to read.

          • Bobby Twoshoes

            They asked NATO to come in 2014, in 2020 they asked all foreigners to leave. Learn to read then try to keep up.

          • Jake321

            You learn to read. The Iraqi government just asked NATO stay and expand its efforts.

  • Jake321

    Looks like the Iraqi Government reflecting the majority of the Iraqi People like and trust NATO more than Islamist Iran.

  • Cheryl Brandon

    WHAT MISSION? ON WHOSE AUTHORITY? DID THE IRAQ PARLIAMENT NOT ASKED FOR ALL FOREIGN TROOPS TO LEAVE IRAQ??? DID THEY NOT GET THAT LAST TRANSLATION???

    • Jake321

      That was only advisory. The government thought otherwise and has recently ask NATO to stay and expand its role. Guess they like NATO more than Islamist Iran.

  • verner

    whenever joke321 appears on a thread he must be ignored since he’s a shill for the squatters (jews) and adds nothing of value to the discourse going on here. just pretend he doesn’t exist. I for one have have him blocked so that I don’t have to wade through his inanities.

    • Jake321

      LOL…tough snowflake in need of his safe space. How cute.

  • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

    Τhe mouricans need to be bombed EVERY SINGLE DAY.
    Make their life a living hell.

  • Cheryl Brandon

    the lies of the Interantional us terrrorists continues/

    https://www.rt.com/news/480983-iran-saudi-aramco-attack-proof/