Germany to extend military training mission for Peshmerga

Germany to extend military training mission for Peshmerga
Peshmerga forces ride on military vehicles in the town of Bashiqa, after it was recaptured from the Islamic State, east of Mosul, Iraq, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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SULAIMANI – The government of Germany announced the extension of its military’s training mission in the Kurdistan Region for another year.

Spokesman of German Government Steffen Seibert said during a press conference on Wednesday (January 11) that the cabinet members decided to continue training mission for the Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

“The mandate will be extended until 31 January 2018, and the ceiling on troops will remain at 150,” Seibert said.

According to German government’s spokesman, the mission had proved successful over the last two years in enhancing capabilities of forces fighting ISIS.

He noted the government would seek parliament’s authorization for the decision as the approval is almost certain because Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners enjoy an overwhelming parliamentary majority.

Germany has deployed nearly 150 troops in the capital of the Kurdistan Region, Erbil, to train the Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in the region.

Kurdish forces have been as one of the Coalition’s top allies on the ground, fighting against ISIS militants for nearly two years in northern Iraq.

Germany has provided Peshmerga with 60 Milan missiles and thousands of rounds of ammunition since the fight against militants began.

Germany has also provided Kurdish forces with over 1,800 tons of weapons and material since 2014.