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NATO to expand its training mission in Iraq to 4,000 troops

The Pentagon welcomed NATO's increased contribution to training Iraq's security forces.
Jennie Carignan (R), the incoming commander of NATO's Iraq mission, is greeted by Dany Fortin, the outgoing commander of NATO's Iraq mission, during the handover ceremony in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on November 26, 2019. (Photo by SABAH ARAR / AFP) (Photo by SABAH ARAR/AFP via Getty Images)

NATO has agreed to significantly broaden its military advising and stabilization mission in Iraq to roughly 4,000 troops, the alliance announced Thursday.

“Today we decided to expand NATO’s training mission in Iraq to support the Iraqi forces as they fight terrorism and ensure that ISIS does not return,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels on Thursday, making a reference to the Islamic State.

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