If international troops withdraw from Iraq, ISIS may return


Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned that the DEASH terrorist group may return to Iraq should coalition forces withdraw from the country.

“Withdrawal of troops from Iraq will make it a fertile ground for terrorism and attacks will hit the region and Europe,” Maas said at a joint news conference in Amman with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi.

Iraq has been embroiled in protests since October against deep corruption and living conditions amid calls for the withdrawal of US forces.

As for tensions between the US and Iran, Maas said that if Iran wants to de-escalate the situation, then it must stop “disturbing” the region, which, he said, also affects Iraq.

Tensions between the US and Iran increased this month after the US killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in an air strike in Iraq. Tehran retaliated by firing dozens of ballistic missiles at Iraqi air bases, where US troops were stationed.

The German chief diplomat also reiterated the right of the Iranian people to express their opinions in peaceful means.

Safad, for his part, said the chaos in Libya could become a magnet for terrorists.

Earlier today, a German government spokesman announced that Berlin will host an international conference on the conflict in Libya this month.

On Tuesday, Jordanian King Abdullah II will start a European visit, where he will mainly focus on current regional developments at meetings.


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