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NATO Training Mission-Iraq Opens New HQ in Int'l Zone (Baghdad)

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Monday, 14 September 2009

NATO TRAINING MISSION – IRAQ
Public Affairs Office, Cultural Centre
Baghdad APO AE 09316

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. 090914-01
Sept. 14, 2009
Contact: Enrico.Mattina@ntmi-hq.nato.int
DSN: 239 7798
ASIACELL: 07704443671

NATO Training Mission-Iraq Opens New HQ in Int’l Zone

BAGHDAD – With a slice from a scissor, the ribbon was cut and NATO Training Mission-Iraq inaugurated their new headquarters at Forward Operating Base Union III in the International Zone Sept. 13.

Participating were U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, commanding general for NTM-I; his deputy commanding general, Italian Maj. Gen. Giuseppe Spinelli; and U.S. Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, commander, NATO Allied Joint Force Command in Naples.

NTM-I moved here from its previous base at the Baghdad Culture Centre. Its move fulfils actions directed by the Security Agreement and the NATO Long-Term Agreement with Iraq, by which the Government of Iraq has asked NATO to continue its assistance.

“The relocation of this headquarters enables the Government of Iraq to put the Baghdad Cultural Centre compound to another use of value to both the Government and the people of Iraq,” Helmick said in a statement.

NTM-I’s mission is to advise in Iraq’s various military and police academies, Helmick said. NTM-I personnel continue to work and train alongside their Iraqi counterparts.

“These important relationships will continue uninterrupted,” he said. “Though Iraq’s military and police forces are performing increasingly well, more remains to be done.

Since 2004, NTM-I has been helping Iraq develop security forces that are professional, operate in accordance with the rule of law, & respect human rights. NTM-I consists of 210 personnel from 12 NATO countries and one Partnership for Peace country. NTM-I is a non-combat operation.

NTM-I has being training, mentoring and advising officers in the Iraqi Security Forces since 2004, in order to assist the Government of Iraq resume its important place in the international community and to improve the security of all Iraqi people with democratic security forces.

NTM-I mentors and supports the INDU, INDC and the Defence Strategic Studies Institute. Other cooperation projects for NATO in Iraq are out of country training courses for Iraqi nationals at NATO schools as well as National Police training led by Italian Carabinieri and at Ar Rustamiyah the Iraqi Military Academy along with the Joint Staff College and Command College.

NTM–I officers also provide mentoring and advice to the Prime Minister’s National Operations Centre, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior Command Centre and the Iraqi Ministry of Defence Joint Operations Centre.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NATO TRAINING MISSION – IRAQ, PLEASE CONTACT pio@ntmi-hq.nato.int OR VISIT OUR WEBPAGE: www.jfcnaples.nato.int/NTM-I/



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