[size=11]Publish date: 16.01.2020 | 22:07 GMT |Press news [/size]
The article says: On January 14-15, NATO will discuss the urgent chiefs of staff and defense issues related to defense and NATO security in Brussels.
NATO generals recognize the need to permanently eliminate the "Islamic State" in the Middle East, as is often repeated by NATO leaders, who are training the Iraqi army for this purpose. This training took place with relative success since 2018. However, as is known, in the early days of January 2020, the training was suspended for security reasons after the assassination of the Iranian General (Selmani) with an air strike from the Pentagon. Then, the Iraqi leadership demanded the withdrawal of the US forces and their allies from the country.
"The coalition continues to try to solve the issue of its mission in Iraq to train the Iraqi army," Air Force Marshal Stuart Beach said at the senior command meeting of NATO chiefs of staff. At the same time, he said: "The security of our military is of fundamental importance to NATO. We are in close contact with the Iraqi authorities and our friends in the United States on the NATO mission."
"The situation in the Middle East remains volatile. Shiite groups still threaten revenge against the United States for the blood of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. NATO soldiers may fall under attack. They understand this very well in Brussels," the military expert, General Yuri Ntakashiv, said. Apparently, it was not in vain that Stoltenberg said on January 6 that “the reason for ending the mission in Iraq is the threat to which NATO soldiers are exposed.” Such a threat can continue for a very long time. This means that if there are no real steps to normalize The situation in the Middle East, NATO forces are unlikely to resume generating The Iraqi army will repel in the coming months. "
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