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Canada To Lead NATO Training Mission In Iraq

13 July 2018

Macedonian voters and the Greek parliament still must sign off on that deal, which could also dissipate any Greek objections to the Skopje government's ambition to join the European Union. Members don't pay dues, although they do contribute to common military and civilian programs - and Washington pays nearly one-quarter of those costs.

Prior to the June NATO meeting and this week's annual ministerial, Pentagon sources told The Washington Times that Mr. Mattis meant to present the USA plan to expand the size and scope of the Iraqi military training operation - putting it on par with the ongoing mission in Afghanistan.

"We are two countries that are more closely integrated on trade and security on people-to-people ties than any two countries in the world".

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance will not participate in the led by Canada's military mission in Iraq.

"Canada is a country that believes in democracy, that believes in good governance, that believes in good institutions", Freeland said at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, where the summit is taking place.

The NATO training mission will build on a smaller program that since November has seen 20 Canadian military engineers, working out of a base near Baghdad, teach about 150 Iraqi soldiers how to defuse roadside bombs, improvised explosive devices and other forms of the deadly traps that are the hallmark of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh. Britain's addition will beef up efforts that are already training some 16,000 troops.

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Questioned repeatedly about Trump's attacks on European allies and Canada, Stoltenberg acknowledged trans-Atlantic differences, but refused to say whether the US leader's attacks were damaging the alliance.

Trump is not the only person concerned about the security implications of the new pipeline, which would bypass countries such as Ukraine and Poland and potentially leave them more vulnerable to Russian influence.

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kučinskis said that despite the great distance separating the two countries, cooperation between Canada and Latvia is a lot better than is the case with plenty of countries that are a lot closer to each other.

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Stoltenberg sought to depict his alliance as a force for unity that gives Washington a way to project power from Europe into Asia, the Middle East and Africa. "Two world wars and a Cold War taught us that we are stronger together than apart", he said, adding that the U.S. troop presence in Europe allows Washington to project military power into Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Canada To Lead NATO Training Mission In Iraq