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NATO's Top Commander Says 10 Members' Iraq Positions Threaten Alliance


NATO's top military commander says 10 member countries are refusing to send their troops into Iraq, which he says could undermine the alliance's future viability.

American General James Jones told the Financial Times in an interview published Monday that the NATO members' refusal to deploy troops to Iraq also could threaten the ongoing military mission.

General Jones did not say which of the alliance's 26 member nations are refusing to participate in the Iraqi mission, but said he hopes such resistance is not repeated in the future.

France, Germany and Spain have all strongly criticized the U.S.-led mission, and are among NATO nations with no troops in Iraq.

NATO last month approved plans to send 300 military trainers to Iraq to help train senior Iraqi officers.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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