NATO agrees to expand Iraq training mission

BRUSSELS (HRNW) – NATO defence ministers agreed Wednesday to expand the alliance s training mission in Iraq, responding to US President Donald Trump s demand for more action from allies in the Middle East.

The plan is for NATO, which runs a 500-strong mission to train Iraqi forces, to take on some personnel and training activities now run by the US-led multinational coalition against the Islamic State group.

But the details — how many troops will switch and what they will do — have yet to be worked out because the alliance is still waiting for the Iraqi government s formal agreement.

“Today we have made the decision in principle. We will continue to work on the details and the numbers and exactly what kind of activities,” Stoltenberg said.

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