German military launches new mission in Iraq

The Bundeswehr plans to deploy more manpower and expand operations in the region, despite reports of a funding and equipment crisis.

Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, plagued by a chronic shortage of everything from combat vests to submarines, is about to launch a new mission in Iraq that will deploy up to 800 soldiers to train local forces and clear mines.

The draft mandate for the new mission, which Handelsblatt has seen, gives an official assessment of the situation in the Middle Eastern country for the very first time.

“The Bundeswehr mission in northern Iraq was successful, IS has been largely forced back militarily,” it reads. The report adds that the rest of the country still suffers attacks launched by Islamic State (IS) from Syria.


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Source: Handelsblatt Global.