The Pentagon is working behind the scenes on a plan to push NATO to send more troops to Iraq to help maintain security in the country, the Washington Times reported on Wednesday. As they put it. “The Pentagon is working on a plan to make NATO allies play an important role in maintaining security in Iraq as the US military renews its mission for a longer period against a militant organization in the region,” the paper said in a report.”
US Defense Secretary James Matisse plans to present the new plan at a NATO meeting in Brussels next month, calling for more NATO troops to be sent to support the new mission,” Pentagon sources said. “The amendment, which has not yet been announced, will reshape Iraq’s mission on a longer-term mission and a more multi-national campaign similar to the current US operations in Afghanistan, with emphasis on strengthening Iraqi security forces,” she said, quoting US officials. “Details of the plan, including the potential role of NATO, are still being drafted by strategists close to US Defense Secretary James Matisse,” the paper said. ”
The sources within the Ministry of Defense indicated that the proposed changes in the mission of Iraq is not a response to the worsening situation on the ground, and no indication that the elements in Iraq or in neighboring Syria is preparing to return again.