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NATO to train Iraqi soldiers

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U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis addresses a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO defence ministers agreed yesterday a bigger “train-and-advise” mission in Iraq after a US call for the alliance to help stabilise the country after three years of war against Islamic State. Part of a broader international effort to help rebuild Iraq as combat operations wind down, the NATO military alliance will train Iraqi soldiers as they clear unexploded remnants of war left behind by ISIS, but will not provide troops for combat. “We will go to a consistent mission in Iraq,” US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told a news conference after formally requesting NATO involvement last month in a letter to allies.

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