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NATO Trained 1,500 Iraqi Officers in 2005

NATO says it trained almost 1,500 Iraqi military officers in 2005, and hopes to train a similar number this year.

The organization says 1,000 officers were trained inside Iraq at a NATO college on the outskirts of Baghdad. Around 160 NATO personnel are based at the college, which opened in September 2005.

The remaining Iraqi officers, numbering about 500, were trained at NATO facilities in Europe. NATO says the training effort is designed to teach Iraqi military officers modern leadership skills and democratic values.

The organization also supplies military equipment to Iraqi forces and logistical support to Polish troops inside Iraq. But NATO has not engaged in any combat in Iraq because of opposition from NATO members France and Germany.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.