The Netherlands has adopted Germany in suspending its mission in Iraq amid heightening tensions between the US and Iraq’s neighbor, Iran.
The Netherlands determined to halt the mission which supplied help to the Iraqi authorities due to a security threat, the Dutch ANP information company mentioned.
The Dutch Defense Ministry confirmed the suspension of the mission to the media. The ministry’s spokesperson instructed ANP that withdrawal of Dutch forces from the world is “currently not discussed.”
Around 50 Dutch troopers practice Kurdish forces in Iraq’s northern metropolis of Erbil, others are stationed in Baghdad. According to some studies, the choice to droop the coaching mission was taken by the commander of the worldwide coalition which presently operates in Iraq.
The report gave no particulars in regards to the alleged hazard. The Dutch navy participate in a coaching mission, alongside different overseas nations, together with Germany.
The German Defense Ministry has earlier introduced that it halted its mission geared toward coaching the Iraqi troopers, citing rising tensions on the bottom. The developments got here after Washington ordered all of the non-essential personnel of the American embassy in Bagdad and a consulate in Erbil to go away Iraq as quickly as doable.
The US evacuation alarmed some EU politicians, who expressed concern that Washington may go to conflict towards Tehran and known as on Europe to stop such an final result.
“The US is poised for conflict with Iran,” a frontrunner of the Left Party’s faction in the German parliament, Sahra Wagenknecht, warned. She known as on these, “who need to save the worldwide peace and the Iranian nuclear deal,” to “make it clear that they’re towards these conflict plans, arbitrary US sanctions and the usage of the US navy bases in Europe [in a potential war with Iran].”