Germany has decided to withdraw part of its soldiers deployed in Iraq, in anticipation of possible responses to the assassination of the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, a few days ago in a US raid in Baghdad, while Britain, in turn, is making emergency plans to evacuate its forces from there.
Yesterday, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a letter to Parliament informing him of its intention to transfer 30 soldiers from a total of 120 German soldiers stationed in Iraq and mainly training Iraqi security forces to Jordan and Kuwait for security reasons.
The German government stated that the transfer of these soldiers out of Iraq came on the order of the joint command of the US-led coalition, and the reduction mainly includes forces in Baghdad and the city of Taji, which is located directly north of the Iraqi capital, and about 30 German soldiers are deployed, while the rest of the German soldiers are present in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.
This development comes in light of official Iraqi demands to withdraw foreign forces, and threats from Iran and Iraqi factions to respond to the assassination of the Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, vice-president of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Authority through a raid carried out by a US plane that drove just before dawn on Friday during their departure from Friday. Baghdad International Airport.
For its part, British media sources said that London is intensifying its emergency plans to evacuate its soldiers and citizens from Iraq, in the event of retaliatory strikes from Iran, in response to the killing of Soleimani.
The sources added that the British Ministry of Defense sent during the past days twenty military planners and liaison officers to the British embassy in Baghdad.
British advisers are developing plans for the immediate withdrawal of soldiers, which will also be applied to diplomats and citizens, if necessary.
Sources in the Ministry of Defense suggested that the risk of Iranian attacks starting from today after the end of the three days of mourning for Soleimani is high.