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German army resumes training Iraqi forces in Erbil

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The German army resumed, today, Sunday, the training of Iraqi forces in the Erbil governorate in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, after it stopped for about two weeks, following the escalation of tension between the United States and Iran.

According to the German Press Agency, the German army has resumed training tasks for the Peshmerga forces in Erbil Governorate.

She added that the training tasks in central Iraq will remain suspended for the time being.

It was not immediately possible to obtain confirmation from the Iraqi side.

Germany has about 300 military personnel in two bases, one near Baghdad and the other near Erbil, as part of the efforts of the international coalition against the terrorist organization “ISIS”.

The international coalition suspended its missions in Iraq after the escalation of tension between the United States of America and Iran on Iraqi soil, following Washington’s assassination of the commander of the “Quds Force” Iran, Qassem Soleimani, by an air strike on January 3.

Five days later, Iran responded by launching ballistic missiles at two military bases hosting American soldiers in northern and western Iraq.

In the aftermath of the Soleimani killing, Germany withdrew its forces stationed at the Taji base, north of the capital, Baghdad.

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