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We WILL protect you – or else: NATO members agree to expand Iraq mission, without regard for Baghdad’s permission

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Source: RT 

NATO has vowed to expand its training operations in Iraq, paused last month after the US assassination of a top Iranian general. With growing anger in the country over foreign meddling, Baghdad is reluctant to OK the plan.

The alliance agreed “in principle” to “enhance” its training mission in Iraq after a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. When asked whether Baghdad had approved the project, the NATO head came up short, however.

“NATO is in Iraq on the invitation of the Iraqi Government, and we will only stay in Iraq as long as we are welcome. Because NATO fully respects Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Stoltenberg said. “Everything we do will be in close consultation and coordination with the Iraqi government.”

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