The North Atlantic Treaty Organization – NATO – is a strategic intergovernmental military alliance with considerable global leverage by virtue of its strategic strengths and capabilities, as well as, the military capabilities of its 29 member states, mainly the United States. NATO has been involved in many counterterrorism operations in Iraq, and also participated in the Global Coalition against Da’esh, which had a significant impact on the outcome of combating Da’esh. In total, twenty-three NATO members have participated in the training and support of Iraq’s military, through the provision of financial aid and military funding and equipment. NATO considers Iraq its strategic partner in the Middle East. NATO has started its strategic relationship with its training mission of 2004, known as “NTM-I” (NATO Training Mission – Iraq), where NATO trained more than 15,000 Iraqi officers.

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