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Iraqi Prime Minister at White House; NATO to end its training mission

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iraq's prime minister is meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House today to discuss future relations as U.S. troops complete their final withdrawal.

Meanwhile, NATO says it too will withdraw all troops by the end of the month, permanently shutting down the alliance's military training mission in Iraq.

Officials had said that talks on extending the eight-year mission were stalled over NATO's request for legal immunity for the foreign trainers - an issue that earlier torpedoed plans to keep a residual U.S. military presence in the country.

A NATO statement Monday said the North Atlantic Council, the military alliance's governing body, decided to end the training mission because "agreement on the extension of this successful program did not prove possible despite robust negotiations conducted over several weeks."

NATO has about 130 advisers from 13 member nations and Ukraine in Iraq.


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