NATO allies agreed Wednesday to send hundreds of instructors to run a training center for Iraq's armed forces after addressing French concerns that had delayed a deal for a week.This is a 300% increase in NATO support; this significant breakthrough is just a footnote in WaPo today.
France, Belgium, Germany and Spain have indicated they will not send instructors to Iraq and wanted to ensure that the bulk of the costs would be covered by participating nations.
Under the agreement, NATO will coordinate training of Iraqi officers outside the country, in addition to deploying about 300 allied instructors to Iraq to operate the academy outside Baghdad.
"We are very pleased that this step has now been taken," said NATO spokesman James Appathurai. "This assistance should be oriented to help Iraq build the capability of its government to address the security needs of the Iraqi people," Appathurai told reporters.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Coalition of the Bribed and Coerced
John Kerry says he would bring NATO allies in to train more Iraqi troops. Meanwhile, the Bush administration is already doing so: