German, Dutch armies halt Iraq training amid Iran tensions

Updated: few hours ago

Berlin, May 15 (AFP) Germany and the Netherlands said Wednesday they were halting their training of soldiers in Iraq as tensions rise between neighbouring Iran and the United States.

"The German army has suspended the training," defence ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said, adding that there was "generally heightened alert, awareness" for soldiers currently operating in the region.

Flosdorff said training may resume in the next few days and that there was "no concrete threat" at the moment.

Germany has about 160 soldiers deployed in Iraq, including 60 in Taji, just to the north of Baghdad, and 100 in Erbil, in Kurdish-controlled northern territory.