NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in a tweet on Wednesday condemned the rocket attacks on Iraqi bases housing US troops and called on Iran to “refrain from further violence”.
I condemn the Iranian missile attacks on US & @coalition forces in Iraq. #NATO calls on Iran to refrain from further violence. Allies continue to consult & remain committed to our training mission in Iraq. pic.twitter.com/6PdXMZxSNB
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) January 8, 2020
A NATO official said there were no casualties among the troops on its training mission in Iraq. The alliance nevertheless announced on Tuesday that it was moving some of its trainers out of Iraq.
“We are taking all precautions necessary to protect our people. This includes the temporary repositioning of some personnel to different locations both inside and outside of Iraq,” a NATO official told Reuters news agency.
The NATO Iraq mission, made up of several hundred trainers, advisers and support staff from both countries of the 29-member alliance and non-NATO partner countries, includes military and civilian personnel.
Iran has fired more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi military bases hosting US troops, the Pentagon confirmed.