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Nato to expand its IRAQ operations.

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posted on Apr, 18 2008 @ 12:33 AM
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NATO ready for ‘new era’ in Iraq ties

BRUSSELS: NATO is ready to expand assistance to Iraq with military training and equipment as part of a “new era” of relations, but ruled out any role in combat operations, said the alliance’s secretary-general on Thursday.

The 26-member military pact was torn in two over the 2003 US-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, and its subsequent presence has been limited to small missions to train Iraqi security forces. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki formally requested more assistance during a visit to the alliance headquarters in Brussels and Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said NATO was in principle ready to give more help.

“It is the start of a new era. All NATO allies would like to see a stable, secure, prosperous Iraq, where we all have a lot at stake,” de Hoop Scheffer told a news conference with al-Maliki after their talks, adding, “NATO will not take the place of coalition forces in Iraq, but it will enhance its training.”
[/NATO ready for ‘new era’ in Iraq ties

BRUSSELS: NATO is ready to expand assistance to Iraq with military training and equipment as part of a “new era” of relations, but ruled out any role in combat operations, said the alliance’s secretary-general on Thursday.

The 26-member military pact was torn in two over the 2003 US-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, and its subsequent presence has been limited to small missions to train Iraqi security forces. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki formally requested more assistance during a visit to the alliance headquarters in Brussels and Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said NATO was in principle ready to give more help.

“It is the start of a new era. All NATO allies would like to see a stable, secure, prosperous Iraq, where we all have a lot at stake,” de Hoop Scheffer told a news conference with al-Maliki after their talks, adding, “NATO will not take the place of coalition forces in Iraq, but it will enhance its training.”


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Isnt NATO Largley American anyway? thats what I always assumed.
I fear Nato will be to rosey of a target for Iraqi insurgents, grapping more foreign soliders will only make the situation worse.




posted on Apr, 18 2008 @ 04:49 AM
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The instructors may not end up in a combat role . IMO until an adequate screening place is put in place NATO would be far better sending more instructors to Afghanistan were they are in demand and a lack of man power is preventing victory . The Iraqi military and security forces are to easily infiltrated and this prevents them from ever becoming an effective force.



 
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