NATO to Decide on Iraqi Troops Training Program Expansion at Warsaw Summit

© AFP 2022 / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEUS soldiers give guidance as they train Iraq's 72nd Brigade in a live-fire exercise in Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on January 27, 2016
US soldiers give guidance as they train Iraq's 72nd Brigade in a live-fire exercise in Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on January 27, 2016 - Sputnik International
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NATO will make a decision on the expansion of training programs for Iraqi officers and bringing the program to Iraq itself at the forthcoming July summit in Warsaw, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said Thursday.

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"We are already training Iraqi officers in Jordan and, following a request from [Iraqi] Prime Minister [Haider] Al-Abadi, we are considering whether to expand that training programme into Iraq itself, where we had a large NATO Training Mission up until 2011. That decision will be taken at the [Warsaw] Summit," Vershbow said in address to the Portuguese parliament.

NATO had a training mission in Iraq from 2004 to 2011. However, the training program, which involved thousands of officers, was not able to counter advances of the Islamic State terrorist group, which is outlawed in many countries including Russia and the United States.

In April, the first group of officers from Iraq’s national security forces started their NATO training in Amman, Jordan.

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