A new NATO training mission to Iraq will have to deal with a complex political environment in which Iran is growing in influence.
The NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) was formally announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the July 2018 NATO Summit. Canada, which leads the mission, has tapped Major-General Dany Fortin of the Canadian Armed Forces to be its first commander.
“We expect this new mission to become fully operational in early 2019, with contributions from NATO Allies and partners. Most Allies are contributing to the mission,” said a NATO official, who also noted that Australia, Sweden and Finland who are partners of NATO will also take part in the mission.
While the formal training mission will begin next year some worry that even a counter-terrorism training mission will only serve to benefit the region’s main state sponsor of terrorism – Iran.
“I worry about [the NATO mission] because I don’t think we will ever see Iraq the way it was before 2003,” said retired Marine Corp General James Conway who served two tours in Iraq.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر