|13 Dec. 2023
NATO and Iraq continue to strengthen their cooperation through defence education activities
Representatives from eight Iraqi professional military education institutions, led by Staff Lieutenant General Aqeel Mustafa Mahdi Al Rammah, President of the Iraqi Defence University for Military Studies, visited NATO Headquarters on 12 and 13 December 2023. The visit was part of the annual review of their defence education activities, within the framework of NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP).
|17 Aug. 2023
NATO Mission Iraq takes on additional advisory and capacity-building tasks
Following a request from the Iraqi authorities and a decision by the North Atlantic Council on Thursday (17 August 2023), the scope of NATO Mission Iraq will also include advisory and capacity-building activities in support of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and Federal Police Command.
|24 May. 2023
Spain takes command of NATO Mission Iraq
Lieutenant General José Antonio Agüero Martínez of Spain assumed command of NATO Mission Iraq on Wednesday (24 May 2023) at a change of command ceremony in Baghdad. He succeeds Lieutenant General Giovanni Maria Iannucci of Italy, who had been in post since May 2022.
|22 Mar. 2023
The Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the Chair of the NATO Military Committee visit NATO Mission Iraq
On 20-21 March 2023, the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Christopher G. Cavoli, visited NATO Mission Iraq (NMI). During their visit they reviewed the mission’s activities and met with a range of Iraqi officials and representatives of the international community.
|20 Mar. 2023
Secretary General welcomes Foreign Minister of Iraq to NATO
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein to NATO Headquarters on Monday (20 March 2023). The Secretary General thanked Iraq for its commitment to its partnership with NATO, particularly with respect to fighting international terrorism and promoting stability in the region. Mr Stoltenberg underscored that NATO continues to strengthen Iraqi security forces and institutions through the advisory and capacity-building NATO Mission Iraq.
|10 May. 2022
Italy assumes command of NATO Mission Iraq
On 10 May 2022, Lieutenant General Giovanni Iannucci from Italy assumed command of NATO Mission Iraq, following a change of command ceremony held in Baghdad. He succeeds Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard from Denmark, who had assumed his command on 6 May 2021.
|28 Mar. 2022
Coronavirus Response: Iraq benefits from continued support from NATO
On 26 March 2022, Iraq received more than 1 ton of specialised electrical equipment and a maintenance toolkit from NATO’s Pandemic Response Stockpile, with air transportation provided by Italy. This delivery follows on an oxygen generation system and 100 oxygen cylinders donated last year; and it marks the completion of the Pandemic Response Trust Fund project in support to Iraq. This substantial supplementary equipment will allow to operationalise the oxygen generation system.
|30 Jun. 2021
Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq visits NATO Headquarters
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi of Iraq to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (30 June 2021). Prime Minister al-Kadhimi, accompanied by Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and Defence Minister Jumaah Saadoon, discussed with the Secretary General the progress being made by NATO Mission Iraq. The non-combat mission trains and advises Iraqi security institutions and forces, helping them to fight terrorism and stabilise their country. The Secretary General highlighted the excellent cooperation between NATO and the Iraqi government, and commended Iraq's security forces for their efforts to ensure that Daesh/ISIS does not return. They discussed the security situation in the region and Iraq's upcoming elections.
|10 Jun. 2021
Coronavirus Response: NATO and Poland support Iraq
This week (8 June 2021), Poland delivered medical equipment and supplies, including facemasks, protective gloves and suits, to Iraq in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and Poland coordinated this support made possible by Poland’s donation to the NATO stockpile.
|06 May. 2021
Denmark reaffirms its commitment to command NATO Mission Iraq
Today (6 May 2021), Lieutenant-General Michael Lollesgaard of the Danish Armed Forces assumed command of NATO Mission Iraq, following a ceremony held in Baghdad. He succeeds Lieutenant General Per Olsen of the Danish Armed Forces, who had commanded the mission since November 2020.