MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
October 28, 2020
Hardt: “Germany stands by its foreign policy responsibility.”
The Bundeswehr is expected to continue to help stabilize Iraq and fight the Islamic State (IS) terror network in the region. The Bundestag wants to approve the extension of the mandate until the end of January 2022.
The foreign policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group, Jürgen Hardt, explains: “Germany stands by its foreign policy responsibility.” Iraq has a key role to play in stabilizing the entire region.
Training Iraqi security forces
As part of the anti-IS coalition, Germany provides air transport capacities. With a ground-based airspace radar and participation in AWACS surveillance flights, it makes a contribution to the early detection of aircraft movements. The mandate also provides for the use of military tanker aircraft. In Iraq, the Bundeswehr is participating in the training and capacity building of the country’s own security forces, now also in the NATO alliance. “With this we are clearly committed to our responsibility towards the alliance,” emphasizes Hardt.
IS still present
It is important that Germany bring high-quality military capabilities appropriate to its weight into the international anti-IS alliance, says the foreign policy spokesman. He points out that IS is still present in parts of Iraq, that it is even expanding its terror regime. Therefore, international engagement in the region is still urgently needed. The chairman of the Union faction in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, Roderich Kiesewetter, warns: “IS continues to exist, it is adaptable and flexible.” Therefore, the persecution pressure against IS must be maintained. “This is the only way we can dry up transnational funding and recruitment and close power vacuums on site.” CSU foreign politician Thomas Erndl describes the situation in Iraq as fragile. “Unfortunately, the IS terrorist organization has not been in quarantine in recent months. On the contrary: It continues to rage underground. “
Support the reform agenda
Germany wants to support the new Iraqi government under Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, assures Hardt. The aim is for Iraq to be able to provide more and more of its own security and offer the population an economic perspective. The country should also be able to “build on the positive regional dynamics” opened up by Israel’s rapprochement with important states in the Arab world.
Lower mandate limit
Since the mandate no longer provides for the use of reconnaissance tornadoes for ground surveillance, the upper limit of the mandate will be reduced from 700 to 500 soldiers. The Bundeswehr currently has around 270 emergency services deployed in Syria and Iraq. The continuation of the airspace surveillance with reconnaissance aircraft had failed because of the coalition partner. This key capability must now be delivered by other nations, which the Union Group regrets. Contrary to custom, the new mandate is granted for 15 months and not for one year. This is to prevent a mandate extension from falling into the period immediately after the federal election in 2021 and thus into the phase of government formation.
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