Donald Trump is gone….
The reported US force is around 2,500 combat troops….
With the Biden admin now NATO is back in sych with the America’s military and the coin tries outward looking footing policy again…
Biden will Not be the American President that lost Iraq…..
American and NATO troops will be stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan probably forever….
Such IS the Middle East….
NATO will expand its security training mission in Iraq by thousands of troops following a deadly rocket attack on a military air base earlier this week.
The 30-member alliance will increase its personnel in Iraq from 500 to around 4,000, a move to prevent the war-torn country from becoming a breeding ground for terrorists, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced Thursday.
“ISIS still operates in Iraq and we need to make sure they’re not able to return,” Stoltenberg told reporters at the end of a two-day virtual NATO defense ministers meeting.
He said NATO’s efforts will now include more Iraqi security institutions and areas beyond Baghdad, though their presence “is conditions-based and increases in troop numbers will be incremental.”
He added that the Iraqi government had made a request for the expanded mission, which will begin in the coming months.
NATO has been in Iraq since 2004 to train Iraqi security forces. Its current training mission, which began in 2018, is meant to help the Iraqi forces prevent ISIS from resurging.
The increase in NATO troops could possibly ease pressure on U.S. forces in Iraq, where about 2,500 troops are based for a mission separate from the alliance.
A senior Defense official told reporters earlier this week that the Pentagon “welcomes NATO’s increased focus on Iraq,” but would not say if it would itself add more troops to the training mission…..