Ger­many Sends More Train­ers to Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel's cab­i­net de­cided Wed­nes­day to de­ploy an ad­di­tional 50 troops to mis­sions against Is­lamic State (ISIS) fight­ers in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

They will be de­ployed to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to train Kur­dish troops also bat­tling ISIS.

The boost to the mis­sion must be ap­proved by par­lia­ment, which is seen likely in com­ing weeks given the strong ma­jor­ity of Merkel's coali­tion govern­ment.

In the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Ger­many will in­crease from 50 to 150 troops in its mis­sion to pro­vide weapons train­ing to Kur­dish Pesh­merga fight­ers.

In Novem­ber, af­ter the Is­lamic State group at­tacks in Paris, Ger­man De­fense Min­is­ter Ur­sula von der Leyen had vowed to sup­port France.

"We will and must stand firmly by France's side and do ev­ery­thing we can to help in this sit­u­a­tion," von der Leyen said at the time.

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