Friday 18 October 2019

Dutch mission in northern Iraq to resume as ‘soon as possible’

Training underway in 2018. Photo: Defence ministry

The training of local forces in northern Iraq by Dutch soldiers will resume as soon as possible, the deputy head of the Dutch diplomatic mission to Baghdad said on Thursday.

The suspension announced earlier this week was in accordance with increased security measures ordered by the coalition leadership, army chief Eric Strating said on Twitter.

In addition, Strating said that contrary to media reports, the Dutch embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil are not evacuating and remain open as usual.

On Wednesday, the US ordered all non-essential government staff to leave Iraq right away amid escalating tensions with Iran. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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