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German government extends its forces in Iraq for an additional year

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The German government has extended the mandate of its troops stationed in Iraq to fight the Islamic State terrorist group for an additional year.

This came on the sidelines of its regular meeting, which issued a decision to approve the extension of the mission until 31 October 2020.

The decision included reducing the total number of troops stationed there by withdrawing 100 troops and keeping only 700.

The main task of the German troops stationed in Iraq is to provide training support to the Iraqi army and the “peshmerga” forces in their war against IS.

In the same vein, the German government extended the mandate of its troops deployed in Jordan, which are conducting exploratory missions in Syria through drones, until 31 October 2020 as well.

The materials covered by the resolution are awaiting approval by the Federal Council.

There are 3,500 German soldiers on military, training and security missions in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali.

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