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    Soldiers may resume training with Iraqi troops

    I received information from the command of the NATO Mission in Iraq – all indications are that soldiers will soon resume training activities – the Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak said.

    NATO suspended training operations in Iraq on Saturday. This was a direct consequence of the liquidation by US Air Force in Baghdad of Iranian general Kasem Suleimani, commander of the elite Al-Kuds forces. The NATO mission in Iraq, which has several hundred soldiers training Iraq’s forces, began in October 2018. It was organized at the request of the Iraqi government to strengthen its forces and prevent the return of the Islamic State. The mission is currently led by Canadian General Jennie Carignan and the Canadians form a significant part of it. It includes trainers, advisers and support staff from allied and partner countries outside of NATO.

     

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