NATO chief backs bigger alliance training mission in Iraq

NATO chief backs bigger alliance training mission in Iraq

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that the alliance was ready to answer a U.S. call for NATO to expand its small training mission in Iraq to support reconstruction of the country after three years of war with Islamic militants.

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg attendeds a news conference at the Ministry of Defence in Lisbon, Portugal January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that the alliance was ready to answer a U.S. call for NATO to expand its small training mission in Iraq to support reconstruction of the country after three years of war with Islamic militants.

"We have to win the peace," Stoltenberg told a news conference, saying he expected NATO defence ministers to start planning for a bigger mission at a meeting in Brussels on Thursday, with a final decision seen for July.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel)

Source: Reuters

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