German cabinet approves sending soldiers to Iraq

Germany, which has for decades been cautious about deploying troops and weapons to conflict zones, has already sent military aid to the Kurds in northern Iraq but is not taking part in the U.S.-led air strikes

German cabinet approves sending soldiers to Iraq

World Bulletin/News Desk

The German cabinet on Wednesday agreed to send around 100 German troops to northern Iraq to train Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting ISIL militants.

In the last few months France, Britain, Germany and others have begun arming the Kurds, whose Soviet-era weaponry has proved ineffective against insurgents flush with hardware plundered from the Iraqi army.

Germany, which has for decades been cautious about deploying troops and weapons to conflict zones, has already sent military aid to the Kurds in northern Iraq but is not taking part in the U.S.-led air strikes against the ISIL insurgents.

German troops, who will be based around Arbil, will join a handful of their peers already in northern Iraq in giving the peshmerga basic training, as well as specialised instruction in how to clear explosives, first aid and tactics.

Parliament will hold a vote on the mission in early 2015.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Aralık 2014, 13:59
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