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NATO sends officers to Iraq to prepare for training mission
The Associated Pres
ROME -- NATO sent a first group of officers Saturday to prepare for the alliance's training mission for Iraqi forces.
The main part of the NATO Training Implementation Mission -- led by Dutch Air Force Maj. Gen. Carel Hilderink and initially consisting of about 45 people -- should deploy in Iraq next week, NATO said in a statement from Naples. The first four officers left Saturday from a command center in the southern Italian city.
NATO leaders agreed to the mission at their summit in late June but had left details vague. The 26 NATO countries agreed a week ago to send the team after sidestepping a dispute between the United States and France over command of the alliance operation.
The advance team that left Saturday will work out plans for the training both inside and outside Iraq. The overall mission members are being drawn from NATO military planning headquarters in southern Belgium as well as command centers in Naples and Norfolk, Virginia.
The team is to report back to NATO headquarters on Sept. 15 about proposed command links with the U.S.-led multinational force, which is expected to provide security. Washington was pushing for "unity of command" between the two, but Paris insists they be kept separate.