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German, Dutch armies halt Iraq training amid Iran tensions

AFP  |  Berlin 

and the said Wednesday they were halting their training of soldiers in as tensions rise between neighbouring and the

"The has suspended the training," 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.

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.

Separately, the Netherlands' defence ministry said it was also suspending its training mission in due to "threats", the Dutch ANP agency said.

More than 50 Dutch soldiers are training Kurdish troops in Erbil in the context of the international coalition against the Islamic State group, ANP said.

The defence ministry website says the also supplies two military advisers and four civilian experts to the NATO "capacity-building mission" in

Lithuania, which has eight soldiers in Iraq, said it did not plan to halt its mission.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 21:06 IST