Sunday 12 July 2020

Dutch military training in northern Iraq ‘will proceed’ despite crisis


The Netherlands is ‘closely studying’ the Iraqi parliament declaration against the presence of troops from other countries in Iraq, the foreign ministry has confirmed to Dutch media.

The Netherlands is part of the international coalition against IS in Iraq and is involved in a training mission in the north of the country. Some 60 Dutch soldiers are currently in Iraq, according to defence ministry figures.

At the weekend, Iraqi MPs passed a resolution calling for foreign troops to leave the country. The call follows the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike at Baghdad airport last week.

The international mission to train Iraqi commandos in Baghdad is being halted, but the smaller one in the north, involving most of the Dutch soldiers, will continue, news website reported.

Earlier, the foreign ministry advised Dutch nationals living in Iraq to leave the country.

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