NATO has postponed its training missions in Iraq. A spokesperson for the alliance said so on Saturday, one day after the United States attack on Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in the process.
The NATO mission in Iraq, consisting of several hundred employees, is training the country’s security forces at the request of the government in Baghdad to prevent the return of the Islamic State.
“NATO’s mission is continuing, but training activities are currently suspended,” the spokesman said.
He also confirmed that NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Mark Esper “following recent developments.”
An American defence official said earlier Saturday that the US forces that are helping Iraqi forces in the fight against jihadists have scaled back their activities.