NATO Agrees to Expand Anti-IS Training Mission in Iraq

Posted on February 12, 2020 1:28 pm

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NATO has agreed “in principle” to take over some of the training activities carried out by the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. 

“Today allied ministers reaffirmed our support to Iraq and agreed in principle to enhance NATO’s training mission,” Stoltenberg said at a news conference Wednesday after a meeting of the alliance’s defense ministers in Brussels. 

NATO’s chief said this would consist of handling some of the coalition’s current training, a direct response to demands from the Trump administration for European allies to do more in the Middle East. 

Moments ahead of the announcement, U.S. Secretary of Defense