Germany and Netherlands halting military operations in Iraq, amid security threats

WNM | May 15, 2019 at 6:12 PM

AMSTERDAM/BERLIN, May 15 (WNM staff/Newswires)) - The Dutch government has suspended a mission in Iraq that provides assistance to local authorities due to a security threat, Dutch news agency ANP reported on Wednesday.

Dutch military personal help train Iraqi forces in Erbil, northern Iraq, along with other foreign troops.

The report gave no details about the nature of the threat.

Due to the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf, German soldiers in Iraq are stuck in their camp. The mission from the Taji military complex to train Iraqi forces in the fight against the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) has been suspended. The approximately 60 Bundeswehr soldiers are to leave camps and accommodation only for good reason. The weapons are in the 30 kilometers northwest of the capital Baghdad located military complex anyway always at the man.

The decision to suspend training was taken on Monday. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said in Berlin that the German Armed Forces are oriented towards partner nations. "We do not have any indications of our own. There is no concrete threat here either, but it is rather the case that the security situation is generally considered to be more irritable", he said.

There was no concrete warning of an attack against German targets. A total of 160 German soldiers are part of the anti-IS coalition in Iraq, 100 of them in the northern Kurdish region.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Foreign Office also made it clear that there was no evidence of a change in the security situation. "The USA are withdrawing parts of its embassy personnel. We have taken note of this and are in talks with the American side on suitable channels," she said.