Thursday, November 04, 2004

Iraqi's NATO training in Norway

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2004 — Key Iraqi civilian and military leaders arrived at the NATO Joint Warfare Centre in Norway this week to attend an eight-day pilot training course designed to teach them how to promote civil-military cooperation as they build their security institutions.

...The center staff offers this instruction through lectures, simulations and exercises that give participants the opportunity to "walk through" possible real-life scenarios under the guidance of NATO instructors, they said.

The Iraqi participants range from senior military officers to civilian staff with Iraq's defense and interior ministries. Iraqi authorities selected them as key leaders from within the country's security forces.

A senior Iraqi representative at today's news conference said the training offered valuable insights into coordination between military and civil forces — a significant part of establishing a stable security environment in Iraq. He thanked the coalition for its support and expressed appreciation to NATO for hosting the session. defenselink.mil

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