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German, Netherlands suspend military training in Iraq including Kurdistan

German, Netherlands suspend military training in Iraq including Kurdistan

2019/05/16 | 15:05

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)- A German military trainer with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, March 9 2016. Photo: Reuters

BERLIN,— Germany and the Netherlands said on Wednesday they were suspending military training operations in Iraq and Kurdistan region as the United States warned of increased threats from Iran-backed forces amid an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.

A German defence ministry spokesman said Berlin had no indications of its own of any impending attacks on Western interests by Iran and said the training programmes could resume in the coming days.

A Dutch government source also announced a suspension of military training operations, citing an unspecified security threat.











Germany has 160 soldiers involved in training Iraqi forces trying to contain Islamic State militants. The Netherlands has 169 military and civilian personnel in Iraq, including about 50 in Erbil, where they are helping to train Kurdish troops.

Dutch news agency ANP said Dutch forces had been ordered to remain indoors since Sunday.

Earlier on Wednesday the U.S. State Department ordered the pullout of some employees from both its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil.

The order came as tensions build up between the United States and Iran. Washington has applied new sanctions pressure on Tehran and sent additional forces to the Middle East, saying there is an increased threat from Iran to U.S. interests there.

In Kurdistan the secretary-general of the Ministry of Peshmerga [Kurdish forces] Affairs Jabar Yawar said on Wednesday the United States and Germany have suspended military training in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

Yawar told NRT TV that the suspension is related to tension between the United States and Iran and that it is temporary.

“Both countries have withdrawn their personnel to [the compounds of] their bases, embassies, and consulates,” he added.

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