German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visits Marmal camp in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, on December 22, 2016. © AFP


On a visit to Iraq, the German Defense Minister spoke with Iraqi leaders on the new German strategy in Iraq, particularly with regard to the fight against Daesh and the formation of peshmerga.
Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s defense minister, discussed with the Iraqi authorities the conditions of his country’s military in Iraq, Fars News reported.

A Turkish military helicopter crashed in southeastern Turkey on Saturday near the Syrian border, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
A Turkish army helicopter was shot dead during an operation in Syria on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Sputnik.
Speaking from Istanbul, he said the plane was involved in Operation Olive Branch, a Turkish offensive in the Syrian region of Afrin.

He threatened that his country’s reply would be firm and scathing.

According to some sources, the Turkish aircraft was shot down by the Syrian DCA in the locality of Rajo, less than 30 km from Afrin, on the border between Turkey and Syria, where the Turkish offensive was pushed back. by the Syrian army and its allies.

According to the German radio, Von der Leyen will meet this Saturday, February 10 Fouad Massoum, President of Iraq, and his Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi.

The German strategy in Iraq is to fight the terrorist group Daesh. This strategy also includes the presence of 150 German soldiers in Erbil to train the Peshmerga. It will be at the center of the conversation between the two parties.

The new German government stressed that the German presence in Iraq should not continue. The German army, however, is considering the impact a military withdrawal from Iraq would have on the stability and security of the region, and its decision remains unknown.

Kurdish fighters of the Peshmerga during a training mission to the use of rocket launchers Milan in Bavaria in 2014. © Reuters

The German army has sent weapons to the Kurds in northern Iraq. Since January 2015, she trains the Kurds in the fight against Daesh.

In addition, this country is supporting the Jordanian air force against Daesh using its Tornado reconnaissance aircraft.
The German military mission in Syria and Iraq will be completed in a few weeks.


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