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UPDATE: NATO members worried over Turkey's Afrin op, Iraq withdrawal

By Rudaw 15/2/2018
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg launches the NATO Defence Ministers Council Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on February 14, 2018. Photo: John Thys | AFP
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg launches the NATO Defence Ministers Council Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on February 14, 2018. Photo: John Thys | AFP
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Defense ministers for NATO member countries commanding more than 8.4 million active troops are convening on Thursday at its headquarters. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said prior to the meetings that the security situations in Iraq and Syria would be discussed.

"I see no role for NATO to play there [in Afrin]. But the situation is surely worrying and it is a part of the talks today to take place here,” German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told Rudaw’s Zinar Shino ahead of the meetings.

Germany halted talks on upgrading Turkey’s German-made Leopard tanks after they were seen participating in the assault. 

NATO member Turkey has been conducting attacks in Afrin since January 20. NATO is a member of the anti-ISIS coalition, but does not have NATO forces on the ground in Syria.

“Turkey has some legitimate security concerns. No NATO ally has suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey, but we expect Turkey to respond in a propionate way,” said Stoltenberg.

The NATO head said Turkey has briefed NATO allies, including the United States, about the operation and NATO expects that to continue.

NATO is seen to be in a position to mediate with leaders from Ankara.

Stoltenberg said the meetings will focus on three issues: effective reinforcement for troop mobility, NATO’s role in the US-led international anti-ISIS coalition, and the security challenges in NATO’s southern areas including the Middle East and North Africa.

“We will consider additional steps we can take, including in Iraq,” he said.

After the meetings, Stoltenberg briefed reporters on their training mission in Iraq.
 
NATO now needs "to enable local forces, and authorities to be fully in charge and stabilize the country."

"It's dangerous to leave Iraq too early because withdrawing forces may end up in having to return for combat operations," he added.

Comments

 
Pyotr Vasilyev | 15/2/2018
"Germany halted talks on upgrading Turkey’s German-made Leopard tanks after they were seen participating in the assault. " Germany halted the upgrade for the tanks because in their constitution it says they are not allowed to supply weapons to countries that are actively at war. Maybe you should mention that too. Of course the biased Kurds here say it like the Germans are on their side and that's the reason they stop upgrading the tanks. Stop fooling yourselves and making up allies you don't have...
FAUthman | 15/2/2018
Last two paras are key for stability in Iraq and part of Syria where there is US presence: 1- enable local forces to be fully in charge, 2- Do not leave too early. It is not very complicated !!
Mohamedzzz | 15/2/2018
By NATO invading Syria by Turkey, NATO should be accountable for all the damages and compensate the Syrian people.

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