Iraq Weighs Larger NATO Role To Replace US-led Coalition
Faizan Hashmi 26 days ago Wed 29th January 2020 | 10:10 AM
Baghdad, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Jan, 2020 ) :Iraq is considering a larger role for NATO at the expense of the US-led coalition, Iraqi and Western officials told AFP, after an American drone strike on Baghdad that sparked outrage.
Fearing a swift withdrawal could be destabilising, Iraqi and Western officials have begun discussing changes to the coalition's role, according to local officials and diplomats.
"The essential thing is that no combat troops are present and our airspace is no longer used," Khalaf told AFP.
Two Western officials said the premier had asked them to "draft some options" on a path forward for the coalition.
These options had been submitted directly to the premier.
By comparison, the US-led coalition established in 2014 has up to 8,000 troops in Iraq, the bulk of them American forces.
Khalaf told AFP that a larger role for NATO was one of several options being discussed.