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Kurdish peshmerga take part in a 2015 training session led by German troops [Azad lashkari/Reuters]

Kurdish peshmerga Get Involved in Some 2015 training session Headed by German troops [Azad lashkari/Reuters]

Germany and the Netherlands have suspended their training of Iraqi soldiers, it emerged on Wednesday.

Berlin has roughly 160 troops in Iraq and Amsterdam has about 50, together with both missions based largely in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region.

After the United States declared the withdrawal of “non-essential” employees from the embassy in Baghdad, global forces are wary of increasing tensions between Washington and Iran.

“The German army has suspended the training,” defence ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff explained, adding there was”generally increased alert, awareness” for soldiers now operating in the region.

Flosdorff explained training might well resume in the upcoming times and there was”no concrete threat” in the present time.

The Dutch ministry ministry didn’t immediately comment, however, people broadcaster NOS said the mission was stopped”until further notice”.

France and the Czech Republic said they’d continue with their military training activities in Iraq, Reuters news agency reported.

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

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