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NATO is expected to announce soon a plan to advise the Iraqi government on reforming its security forces which are fighting back after collapsing in the face of an offensive by ISIL, NATO diplomats said on Tuesday.
U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute said a plan under discussion at NATO could include advising Iraq on reforming its security sector and helping the government write a national security programme.
NATO could also advise Iraq on logistics and on its military command structure, Lute told a news conference before a meeting of NATO defence ministers on Wednesday and Thursday.
"That programme is not yet complete but it is nearly complete so I would say in the coming weeks we would expect an announcement that NATO has finalised with the government of Iraq this defence capacity-building programme," he said.
NATO sources said the package could include some training of the Iraqi army in specialised fields, though this was likely to be for only a small number of officers rather than large numbers of troops.
Lute said it had not yet been decided if any training would be carried out inside Iraq or in another country.
A second NATO diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the aim was to approve a package of advice and support for Iraqi security sector reform by August.
No decision on the advice package is expected this week.
The NATO package is designed to complement what NATO allies are doing individually to assist Iraq with training.Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Haziran 2015, 11:50