Officially.. NATO assigns Italy to lead its next mission in Iraq

Baghdad The website / Decode 39 / of the Italian magazine / Formiki / said that: Italy will officially lead the strong commitment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Iraq as of next spring.

The website added that the Alliance had sent an official notification to the permanent representation of Italy, led by Ambassador Francesco Talo. While the Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini received the official assignment to the leadership (with satisfaction), as he followed up the file and promoted the Italian candidacy in many tables with allies and partners, starting with the Baghdad authorities.

He explained that: After 4 trips to the country in a little more than a year, the last contact was a few weeks ago, in Rome’s meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Juma Inad within the framework of the visit of the government delegation headed by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who met Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Guerini said on this occasion that Italian institutions stand by Iraq and support its stability. This prompted Italy to run for the NATO mission in Iraq, active since 2018 and which the alliance chose to reinforce as early as February 2020, in compliance with Baghdad’s request.

It is a mission to advise, train and develop non-combat capabilities in full respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq. It will be led by Italy as of next May, when the mandate entrusted to Denmark expires.

The decision to strengthen NATO’s commitment in Iraq came in the wake of America’s difficulties in the country between the attacks on American bases and the complaint of Iraqi politics itself (of Tehran’s influence) after the killing of Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in January of last year.

As the need on the ground developed due to the mitigation of the frontal threat of the defeated ISIS on the ground, which directed Iraq to obtain greater support for the elements of reinforcement and prevention: training, intelligence and advisory.

Strengthening NATO’s mission comes through a gradual transfer of skills from the global coalition against ISIS, which was established with the specific purpose of fighting and defeating ISIS. 

Source: National Iraqi News Agency