[size=47]NATO: We are in Iraq at the invitation of the government, and our mission is advisory
Dubai-Arabia.netPublished in: Mar 04, 2021 3:52 PM GSTLast updated: Mar 04, 2021 04:43 PM GSThe commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Iraq confirmed, today, Thursday, that NATO forces are present on Iraqi soil at the invitation of the government.
General Pierre Olsen added, in statements to Al-Arabiya, that these forces are working with the government to build the security and safety of the country, and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] cannot be [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] .[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
He also explained that the mission of the NATO mission in Iraq is not combat, but is limited to providing security and military advice to the Ministry of Defense, saying: "Our mission is advisory and we do not provide training in the ongoing operations against ISIS or others."
In addition, he indicated that the process of expanding the mission has not started yet, adding that this matter comes after the request of the government and the approval of the thirty countries in the alliance. He said, "We respect the sovereignty of Iraq and work within the governmental framework."
He also added that NATO's activities are limited to Baghdad, and may expand in other areas if the Iraqi government requests that. He explained, "We are in a camp in Baghdad where forces from the international coalition are present, but our work is separate from it."
He also pointed out that "no change is expected in the mission's tasks and it will remain advisory, without there being support for combat operations."
It is noteworthy that the issue of increasing the number of NATO forces in the country has been raised a lot recently, locally and internationally. And last month, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] confirmed that the alliance decided to expand the mission of training Iraqi forces and raise their numbers from 500 to 4000.
As he made clear at the time, NATO's mission will expand geographically and gradually.