NATO chief: Iraq asks us to stay in the country

NATO Secy-Gen. Jens Stollenberg told defense ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday: “The Iraqi government has given NATO the green light to stay in the country.” Just weeks ago, Baghdad demanded foreign troops leave Iraq after the US assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Stollenberg reported that Iraq still wishes to continue “NATO training, advising and capacity building activities for the Iraqi armed forces.” President Donald Trump has been prodding the alliance to do more in support of US efforts in the region.

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