[size=36]NATO General: What is happening in Iraq is an absolute tragedy and we will not see a change in one year[/size]
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The head of the NATO mission in Iraq, General Danny Fortin, at the end of his year-long mission, that the violence in the anti-government protests "an absolute tragedy."
"NATO continues to urge the Iraqi government to show restraint in the past six weeks, which was an absolute tragedy," said Canadian General Fortin, who heads a mission of advisors and trainers. "This will take 20 or 30 years. We will not see a change in a year." ".
Fortin believes that the Iraqi army is suffering "atrophy" after the bloody battles that ended with the defeat of "IS", pointing out that efforts to promote it is a "generation issue."
Fortin warned that NATO's operations have suffered "setbacks" over the past few months, including protests and rising tensions between the United States and Iran.
Founded a year ago, UNAMI provides advice and training to Iraqi forces at three military institutes, but Fortin said it was not authorized to train troops to combat demonstrations and riots.
General Fortin will succeed Gen. Jennie Carnan, who will lead about 580 people at the end of November, including partners from non-NATO countries such as Australia, Sweden and Finland.
US, European and NATO forces are still deployed in Iraq to advise and train security forces.
Iraqi security forces have come under fire in recent weeks for using live bullets and tear gas to repel protesters.
Government organizations also accused her of improperly firing tear gas from close range, leading to "horrific" deaths and injuries by penetrating the skulls.
For the second consecutive month, Iraq has witnessed large-scale demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and lack of basic services, accompanied by riots and clashes between security forces and protesters, including sniper operations, which the government denies responsibility for.