The American Secretary of Defense, Mark Esber, announced today, Friday, Washington’s commitment to support Iraqi forces, in the context of the war on ISIS.
“The United States is committed to providing training and consulting operations in Iraq, as well as continuing its mission to eliminate ISIS,” Esber said, during a press conference with his German counterpart, Ingret Krump-Karenbauer, in Munich.
“The situation in Iraq is currently complicated, and we discussed it at the coalition meeting today (Friday), especially expanding NATO’s role in Iraq to fight ISIS,” Esber added, after a meeting of the countries of the international anti-ISIS coalition, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
He pointed out that “America is working to coordinate between the coalition and the Iraqi government to help Baghdad,” explaining that “the work of the coalition has not ended, and we agreed to remain cautious.”
For its part, the German Defense Minister said that her country seeks to train Iraqi forces to be able to confront terrorism in the future.
Karnbauer added that Germany is a partner in the international coalition and will continue to implement its role in the war against ISIS.
The coalition suspended its activities in Iraq, following the assassination by Washington of the Iranian “Quds Force” commander, Qassem Soleimani, and a leader in the “Popular Mobilization” Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in a US air strike, near Baghdad airport on January 3.
After that, the Iraqi authorities decided to remove the foreign forces from the country, to avoid turning them into a battleground between the United States and Iran, which was rejected by Washington.
As many as 5,000 American soldiers are deployed in Iraq, as part of the international coalition’s efforts to fight ISIS