Germany partially withdraws troops from Iraq, dw.com

Growing security concerns in the Gulf region has prompted Germany to “thin out” the number of soldiers in Iraq. Its military presence will be reduced particularly in Baghdad and Taji.

Germany has reduced the number of its troops stationed in Iraq due to growing regional security concerns, the Bundeswehr confirmed via a press release on Monday. Overnight, 35 German soldiers were brought to either Kuwait or Jordan, the military said.

“These forces can be brought back at any time if training in Iraq is to resume.”

The German military contingent in the country will be “temporarily thinned out,” with around 30 out of the 130 personnel serving in the country to be redeployed to neighboring countries, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had said in a letter to their ministries.

The transfer mainly applied to soldiers stationed in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, and Taji to the north.

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