Germany is moving some of its military personnel from Iraq to neighbouring countries over security concerns, the government told lawmakers, days after the killing of a top Iranian military commander in a US drone strike.
crowd around the Tehran funeral procession for Major-General Qassem Soleimani
and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an
airstrike in Baghdad. (Photo: Reuters)
30 of the 120 German soldiers in Iraq
who mainly train Iraqi security forces will be redeployed to Jordan and Kuwait, the government told
parliament in a letter on January 6.
Iraq's parliament called on
January 5 for the United States and other foreign troops to leave after Iran's
most prominent general, Qassem Soleimani, was killed on January 3 in a US drone
strike on his convoy at a Baghdad airport.
The drawdown of German troops
was ordered by the US-led joint command for fighting Islamic State, the German
government said. This would apply mainly to troops in Baghdad and Taji, a city just north of the
Iraqi capital where close to 30 German troops are deployed.
Out of the 120 German
soldiers, about 90 are stationed in the Kurdish area in the north of the
The German government said
the forces could be moved back to Iraq if their training mission
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
told public broadcaster ZDF he was concerned about a possible resurgence of
Islamic State should foreign troops leave Iraq quickly. "Nobody really
wants that," he said.
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