The Bundeswehr wants to resume training Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq. The continuation of the order was imminent on the weekend, reports the news agency dpa. In Central Iraq, however, training is initially not yet resumed.
Bundeswehr operations had been suspended after the United States targeted the Iranian top general Qasem Soleimani in an air raid on the night of January 3. In response, Iran fired missiles at bases used by US troops in Iraq. Around 90 German soldiers for training Kurdish forces are still stationed in Erbil in northern Iraq. German soldiers and units from other countries had been withdrawn from central Iraq, and the parliament in Baghdad had voted to withdraw all foreign troops from the country after the US attack. According to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, the government in Baghdad wants the Bundeswehr to continue in Iraq. Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi has confirmed this to representatives of the federal government, the SPD politician said in the Bundestag. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) explored opportunities in Baghdad to continue international action against the terrorist militia "Islamic State" (IS).
The Bundeswehr had already resumed its reconnaissance flights as part of its international mission against the terrorist militia. Tornado jets will continue to operate from the Jordanian Al-Asrak air base until the end of March. They are supposed to track down IS hiding places in Syria and Iraq.
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