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Kurdistan Region welcomes the extension of the German military mission in Iraq

On Friday, the Kurdistan Regional Government welcomed the German parliament’s decision to extend the mission of his country’s forces in Iraq.

The Prime Minister of the region, Masrour Barzani, said in a tweet on the social networking platform Twitter, “I welcome the extension of the mandate of the German armed forces in the international coalition against ISIS and the NATO mission until January 2022 .

“Germany had a central role in the war against ISIS and supported the Peshmerga forces, including training.

The German parliament approved again to extend the mission of the German army in Iraq for another 15 months, as the majority supported in a name vote in favor of the extension of the mission.

The mission of the (German) Federal Army will continue until the end of January 2022, and no more than 500 soldiers will participate in it, according to the decision of the Council of Ministers, after the German Parliament agreed to extend the deadline to 15 months.

Germany is contributing to the mission with airspace radar for early detection of aircraft and missiles. It is expected that the task of training the Iraqi armed forces in the future, part of the current NATO mission in Iraq .

The parties of the grand coalition in Germany had called earlier to support the continuation of the German army’s mission in Iraq.

The Islamic State (ISIS) seized large areas in northern   Iraq between 2014 and 2017, but then lost these areas   through an internationally supported attack, but the organization is still launching attacks. Source