By John Lee.
NATO is to start running training programs for the Iraqi military in Iraq itself from January.
The alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference:
“… we have already training activities in Jordan where we train Iraqi officers and we have trained several hundred officers there already.
“We will continue our activity in Jordan but then from January we will start with around 20 trainers, so it’s a modest start, where we are going to train Iraqi officers in Iraq.
“We do this of course in very close coordination and cooperation with the coalition and we have several NATO allies that are part of the coalition efforts and we will work with them when we establish our training activity in Iraq to start training Iraqi officers in Iraq.“