NATO helps improve civilian-military cooperation in Iraq

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 16.8.2017 07:37

More than 50 representatives from eight Iraqi ministries attended a workshop on civilian-military relations under NATO leadership between 31 July and 3 August 2017. The workshop, which took place at the Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies in Baghdad, aimed to reinforce civilian-military cooperation in crisis management and dealing with terrorism.

Since January 2017, in addition to mobile training teams, NATO has also been deploying its Core Teams in order to provide assistance to Iraqi security forces in countering improvised explosive devices, help with civilian-military planning, and build overall defence capacities. The relations between the civilian and military sectors have deteriorated sharply after the Islamic State’s (IS) capture of Mosul in 2014. As the IS loses its control over Iraqi territory, cooperation between representatives of the civilian and military sectors will become crucial to find a solution to the current national crisis, which is burdened by the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum as well. V4 countries engage in Iraq by deploying Polish F-16 fighters in countering terrorism or providing Czech and Hungarian contingents to train local security forces and assist with capacity-building. Slovakia approved plans to send 47 soldiers to Iraq this year.

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