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Iraq, NATO Discuss Means to Confront Terrorism, Maintain Regional Stability

Iraq, NATO Discuss Means to Confront Terrorism, Maintain Regional Stability

Wednesday, 6 April, 2022 - 07:00
A convoy of US vehicles is seen after withdrawing from northern Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in the outskirts of Dohuk, Iraq, on October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi and his deputy, Hakim al-Zamli, held talks on Tuesday with a Danish delegation from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, led by its head Mads Fuglede.

They discussed the importance of future relations and means of countering all forms of extremism and terrorism.

Halbousi said the meeting touched on bilateral ties between Iraq and Denmark, in particular, and with all NATO member countries, in general, as well as bolstering cooperation to combat terrorism in the areas determined by the Iraqi government.

Zamli, for his part, considered Iraq’s stability a key factor to maintain stability in the Middle East region.

All world countries have a united goal to counter terrorism, coordinate in the field of armament, training and intelligence information to address the threat posed by terrorist groups, his office stated.

He underscored the need to maintain cooperation with the NATO Alliance in the fields of security, training and counterterrorism.

Meanwhile, international coalition logistics convoy in Iraq came under an IED attack on Tuesday.

Assaults targeting the US-led international coalition forces have been occurring progressively, with attacks sometimes taking place daily.

The coalition has been coordinating with the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorism after the withdrawal of US forces in late 2021.

An official issued a press statement on Tuesday revealing that the exploded IED was planted on the side of the western international highway within the borders of Baghdad governorate.

According to the statement, no casualties were reported and the convoy moved on to its destination.

This attack is the fourth in only three days.

On Sunday, two separate roadside bombs targeted US-led coalition military convoys carrying supplies in Saladin governorate.

The attack was the second after a similar attack targeted a convoy of trucks in al-Muthanna governorate, without causing casualties.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the armed factions loyal to Iran are usually accused of carrying them out.

The Iraqi authorities’ assertions of the withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq and the transformation of their mission into an advisory role do not seem to have convinced the pro-Iranian factions.

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