Czech Republic Pulls Its Troops out of Iraq

The Czech military has withdrawn its troops from Iraq amid the increasing concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus.

“A military Airbus A-319 with 30 Czech army soldiers… from Iraq landed at the Prague-Kbely [military] airport on Tuesday evening,” Czech defense ministry said in a statement.

“We are temporarily pulling our soldiers because of significant restrictions to operating tasks,” said Major-General Josef Kopecky.

The thirty Czech soldiers were in Iraq as part of the international training missions to help the Iraqi army with its capacity to fight terrorism and stabilize the country.

“The reasons include security threats, the current coronavirus epidemic and also a planned restructuring of both missions,” Maj. Gen. Kopecky added. Source

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