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NATO: Alliance Training Mission in Iraq May Need 3,000 Troops
VOA News
30 Sep 2004, 17:12 UTC

NATO officials say the alliance may need eventually to deploy up to 3,000 troops to carry out its mission of training Iraq's new military officers.

Alliance officials in Brussels, who asked not to be identified, say that figure includes trainers and security personnel to guard them. Previously NATO officials had mentioned only several hundred instructors to train Iraqi military officers.

The officials say the top commander of NATO forces in Europe, U.S. General James Jones, has mentioned the 3,000 figure as the upper limit for the Iraq operation.

Ambassadors of the 26 NATO countries approved an outline for the training plan last week. But the member states still must consider a more detailed blueprint prepared by military planners.

NATO officers are currently in Iraq to help train the country's security forces and offer logistical support to Polish-led peacekeepers.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.



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