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German delegation in Iraq ahead of anti-terrorism mission expansion.

DPA Baghdad A group of German politicians touched down in Baghdad on Friday evening two days after their government approved plans to roll out the expansion of their military's anti-terrorism mission in Iraq. The delegation of parliamentarians, composed of members of the defence committee, did not include Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. The group are visiting to get a clearer picture of the situation on the ground. In the future, Germany's Bundeswehr will train not just Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the country's north, but also troops from the central Iraqi government's army in Baghdad. The plans were approved by the outgoing cabinet in their last meeting on Wednesday. The reorganisation is connected with the success of the international coalition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Most of the areas once occupied by the terrorist militia have been largely won back. The expansion of Germany's operations to Baghdad is also intended to counteract the Kurdish independence movement in northern Iraq.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Mar 11, 2018
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