NATO’s training mission in Iraq
What is NATO Mission Iraq?
NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) is a non-combat training and advisory mission founded on partnership and inclusivity as well as on full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. On request from the Iraqi government, government-leaders decided to establish NMI on the NATO summit in Brussels in June 2018. NMI supports and supplements the coalition’s training in Iraq, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
Since October 2018 the mission has been under Canadian leadership. It consists of approximately 500 staff officers, advisors and support staff from allied NATO-countries including Australia, Sweden and Finland.
The mission is focused on supporting of the Iraqis in reforming the Iraqi security sector and capacity building in the Iraqi security forces. The focus is to hinder the spread of terror and secure long term stability in Iraq. More specifically NMI is centered on advising and building continued, transparent as well as inclusive and effective national security structures for the Iraqi Ministry of Defence. This includes support for the advisory training and education at the Iraqi educational institutions. Furthermore, elements of the National Security Council are also advised. Training activities are carried out in Baghdad, Tajjii and Besmaya.
The Danish leadership of the NATO Mission Iraq
Denmark is set to take over the leadership of the NATO Mission Iraq from the end of 2020 to mid-2022. Denmark is taking over the leadership from Canada.
In addition to taking over the leadership of NMI, Denmark is set to provide a staff, as well as safety- and escort contribution. In addition, Denmark will support the mission with three helicopters from May 2021 and one year ahead. Overall Denmark is contributing with 210 Danish soldiers in the lead and support of the mission.
FACTS: NATO Mission Iraq
Since October 2018, allied NATO countries, including Australia, Sweden and Finland, have contributed to the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI).
Through training- and capacity building, the mission is focused on enhancing the ability of the Iraqi security forces and the military educational establishments.
Currently, Denmark is contributing with four soldiers to the training mission on a permanent basis and a number of mobile training units. The EU and UN are also contributing through the EU Advisory Mission in Iraq (EUAM Iraq) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UMAMI).
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