BRUSSELS, Jan. 4 (DPA / EP) –
NATO has confirmed this Saturday the suspension of its mission of training of the Iraqi security forces due to the escalation of tension after the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and the second in command of the Iraqi Shiite militia of the Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, in an attack carried out last Friday by the United States.
“NATO's mission continues, but training activities are currently suspended,” said NATO acting spokesman Dylan White, who stressed that the decision is a protective measure for international deployment in the country.
The current NATO mission began in 2018 with the objective of training the Iraqi armed forces to prevent the resurgence of the Islamic State terrorist group.
NATO thus joins the suspension of training operations ordered by the international coalition against the terrorist organization, and the individual statements made by Denmark, Norway and Sweden.