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[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]America seeks to start a long-term mission in Iraq
Follow-up / Sky Press
The United States is seeking to begin a long-term mission in Iraq to train and advise by renewing pressure on its European partners in NATO.
Five senior NATO diplomats said on Thursday that US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse sent a letter to NATO headquarters in January calling for the formation of an official NATO mission in Iraq with permanent or semi-permanent command to train Iraqi forces.
Diplomats said Matisse had left many details open in his letter, but noted the development of military academies and a military doctrine for the Iraqi Defense Ministry.
Other ideas diplomats have included include bomb disposal training, maintenance of Soviet-era vehicles, and medical training.
"The United States is pressing hard for a role for NATO in Iraq, not a combat role, but a long-term mission," a senior NATO diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
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