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NATO Ambassadors Approve Plan to Send Instructors to Iraq - 2004-11-18


NATO ambassadors have approved a plan to send hundreds of instructors and other personnel to Iraq to train Iraqi officers.

NATO military experts approved the mission last week.

Under the plan, NATO is to send 300 trainers as well as security personnel and support staff to a military academy outside Baghdad.

NATO's top military commander, U.S. General James Jones, told the Financial Times in an interview published earlier this week that 10 allies are refusing to send their forces into Iraq.

He said the refusal could threaten the ongoing military mission. He did not specify which countries are abstaining.

Also, military and diplomatic officials say NATO military chiefs selected Canadian General Ray Henault to head the alliance's military committee.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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