Nato Mission Iraq begins work to boost security institutions

5 November 2018 (Last Updated November 5th, 2018 10:28)

A Nato-led mission has started in Iraq that is intended to further develop and strengthen the country’s security institutions.

Nato Mission Iraq begins work to boost security institutions
Nato and Iraq officials strengthen cooperation. Credit: Nato.

A Nato-led mission has started in Iraq that is intended to further develop and strengthen the country’s security institutions.

Called Nato Mission Iraq, the effort was launched in July during the Nato Summit in Brussels, Belgium.

Initiated following a request by the Government of Iraq, the mission is led by Canadian Armed Forces major general Dany Fortin and is expected to be running in early next year.

A Nato-led mission has started in Iraq that is intended to further develop and strengthen the country’s security institutions.

Designed to function as a non-combat mission, the new Nato Mission Iraq will involve advisers who would work in close cooperation with officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Office of the National Security Advisor.

Together, they intend to develop a more effective, sustainable, inclusive and transparent defence sector in the country.

“Nato will contribute to the stability of the country by providing further training and advice to Iraqi security institutions and structures.”

Nato Iraq deputy senior civilian Jana Kotorova said: “Nato’s prior efforts in Iraq have laid the foundations for this follow-on mission, by developing training models that fit with Iraqi requirements for the reform of Iraq’s national security structures and institutions.

“Until now, about 1,000 Iraqi soldiers have been trained to become instructors at different Iraqi military schools. Nato advisers have been working side by side with Iraqi officials, in a spirit of close coordination and partnership.

“With the establishment of the new mission, Nato will contribute to the stability of the country by providing further training and advice to Iraqi security institutions and structures.”

Furthermore, the mission will help train Iraqi instructors at military schools and academies, covering aspects such as countering explosive devices, civil-military planning, armoured vehicle maintenance, and military medicine.

The Nato-launched effort will also support the collaboration between the Alliance and many other actors on the ground, including the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the UN, the EU, and concerned Iraqi Ministries and representatives of the country’s civil society.