NATO leaders considering playing larger role in Iraq

NATO leaders are considering playing a larger role in Iraq, where the alliance recently deployed a small training mission to work with Iraqi forces, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday after a meeting with NATO’s military leaders

“There is general agreement that NATO can and should do more,” Pavel said according to USA Today.

Dunford said the alliance may be in a position to provide long-term assistance to Iraq’s security forces once the militants have been driven from Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and the level of violence has been reduced.

Any decision, however, would have to wait until Iraq’s government makes a formal request for continued support for its military, Dunford said.

“This is a global trans-regional threat,” Dunford said of terror groups. “We need a global trans-regional network” to combat it. "NATO is an important part of that network.”