Germany pulls out some troops from Iraq

Deutsche Welle reported on Tuesday that Germany plans to withdraw some of its troops from Iraq.

The news outlet referred to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who said in a letter to their ministries that the German military contingent in Iraq would be “temporarily thinned out”.

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 ISIS expanding its regional clout and lead to “greater instability” in Iraq.