NATO Secretary General Makes Iraq Statement

By John Lee.

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has recently remarked that countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are ready to give Iraq further assistance if it is requested and supported by NATO member states.

Some NATO countries have already taken their own steps in Iraq, choosing variously to intervene on a humanitarian or military basis, or both. NATO involvement would represent a much more coordinated response.

NATO was last involved in Iraq during the American occupation, when a coalition of NATO countries assisted in the training of the new Iraqi army via the NATO Training Mission: Iraq.

Quoted in The Telegraph, Rasmussen noted that:

"Nato has a partnership with Iraq and if there is a request for further enhancement of that partnership, I think Nato allies would consider such a request constructively.The international community has a responsibility to stop the advance of the so-called Islamic state."

(Source: The Telegraph)

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