Berlin (HRNW) Iraq’s parliament passed a resolution late last week to call on the government to expel foreign troops from the country after the US killing of a top Iranian military commander in Baghdad.
Deutsche Welle reported on Tuesday that Germany plans to withdraw some of its troops from Iraq.
Maas, for his part, pledged that Germany “will respect any sovereign decision of the Iraqi government”, but warned that the reduction of international forces may result in Daesh* expanding its regional clout and lead to “greater instability” in Iraq.
The move comes after the US-led coalition in Iraq announced in a letter to Iraqi military leaders on Monday that it was preparing to “move out” of the country out of respect for Iraqi sovereignty. However, Pentagon leaders later clarified that the document was an unsigned draft sent by “mistake”.