NATO Secretary General conducts a "military" visit to Baghdad
The official website of NATO, General Todd Wolters, commander of NATO forces in Europe, accompanies Stoltenberg during his visit to Iraq.
The NATO Secretary-General began his tour by visiting the Military Communications School in Taji, one of the alliance-supported educational institutions that train Interior Ministry staff in counter-terrorism.
Stoltenberg also visited the Tactical Aviation Battalion, which includes Canadian CH-146 Griffon helicopters, which in turn provides key support to NATO's training and advisory efforts in Iraq.
Stoltenberg is scheduled to meet with Major General Danny Fortin, who commands the mission of NATO advisers and trainers in Iraq, and General Robert White, commander of the "determination" process, as well as a number of high-ranking Iraqi officials and representatives of the international community.
Following the decision by NATO leaders during last year's NATO summit, hundreds of trainers and support teams from allies and their partners were sent to Iraq to provide support and advice, and NATO is supporting a number of military schools and academies in Iraq. Including the Iraqi Defense University for Military Studies, where these efforts are aimed at increasing the effectiveness of Iraqi forces and institutions and curbing international terrorism that threatens NATO allies.