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Iraq's foreign minister says he has had "desperately" needed discussion with NATO about their future relationship.
The minister warned that if the threat of Islamic State is ignored now, it might become bigger.
NATO could be playing an "important role" in advising and training Iraqi forces, the Iraqi foreign minister said on Thursday at a press conference in Brussels.
During his European tour, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said he met with the secretary general of NATO and agreed to have further discussions.
The discussion with NATO comes after the top American commander for the Middle East said earlier this month that the United States will pull thousands of troops out of Iraq by November.
During a visit to Iraq, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said the forces will be reduced from about 5,200 troops to about 3,000.
He added that the reduction reflects the Trump administration's confidence in the ability of U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces to handle the militant threat from the Islamic State group.
McKenzie said the remaining U.S. troops would continue advising and assisting Iraqi security forces as they attempt to root out remnants of the Islamic State group.
While speaking to reporters in Brussels, the Iraqi minister warned against ignoring the potential threat of the Islamic State militant group.
At the moment, the threat is limited, Hussein said but added "it can be a bigger threat" in the future.
Last month, the U.N. counter-terrorism chief said more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters are estimated to remain active in Iraq and Syria two years after the militant group's defeat, and their attacks have significantly increased this year.
Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N. Security Council in August that Islamic State fighters move freely "in small cells between the two countries."
He said the Islamic State extremist group — also known as IS, ISIL and ISIS — has regrouped and its activity has increased not only in conflict zones like Iraq and Syria but also in some regional affiliates.
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