Germany to partially withdraw troops from Iraq after Soleimani’s elimination
Germany plans to withdraw some of its troops deployed in Iraq to neighboring Jordan and Kuwait amid tensions over the US elimination of Iran’s arch-terrorist Qassem Soleimani.
About 30 soldiers stationed in Baghdad and Taji will be moved to Jordan and Kuwait, a defense ministry spokesman said, adding that the withdrawal will “begin shortly”.
Germany has deployed about 415 soldiers as part of the anti-ISIS coalition, with about 120 of its troops stationed in Iraq.
Germany’s move came after the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution asking the government to end its agreement with the US-led coalition.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote to lawmakers that talks with the Iraqi government on a continuation of the mission to train Iraqi troops would go on.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had in a joint statement on Sunday urged Iraq to not jeopardize a battle against ISIS terrorists
“Preserving the (anti-ISIS) coalition is of great importance in this context. We call on the Iraqi authorities to continue to provide the coalition with the necessary support,” they said.