[size=36]Berlin reveals Iraq's decision on the German army[/size]
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Germany revealed through its Foreign Minister, Haikou Maas, that the Iraqi government supports the survival of German soldiers on its soil, as part of the international coalition fighting ISIS.
Mas said, in an interview with the parliament, that the resigned Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, told representatives of the German government that "Baghdad is very interested in continuing the international commitment."
He said during his speech that Baghdad "also supported during talks with us the German army remaining in Iraq."
On January 7, the German army announced the withdrawal of a portion of its soldiers deployed in Iraq for training missions, and transferred them to Jordan and Kuwait, due to tension in the region, against the background of the assassination of the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Qassem Soleimani, with an American strike near Baghdad.
Berlin currently has about 120 military personnel in Iraq, as part of the US-led international coalition against ISIS, mainly carrying out training tasks.
But Maas reiterated that Germany would always "respect the sovereignty of Iraq", especially if Baghdad eventually requested the departure of foreign forces.
But he added, "We recommend that we be able to continue the support we have provided so far because we believe that anything else will contribute to instability in Iraq."
On January 8, the Iraqi parliament called on the government to "end the presence of any foreign forces," including the approximately 5,200 American forces.
For his part, US President Donald Trump threatened to impose billions of dollars in sanctions if the United States was forced to withdraw its forces, saying: "