Bundeswehr warns of IS- attacks on German soldiers
In northern Iraq, the Bundeswehr is strengthening its training for the peshmerga ; officially the mission is considered reasonably safe. However, according to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, the band is preparing to attack the IS.
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Berlin – The German Army warns because of the expansion of the German training mission in northern Iraq against terrorist attacks of’ Islamic State’ (IS ) on German soldiers. In a classified classified military situation picture of the end of February it is,’ growing up in presence of German soldiers must be assumed that an increased risk of terrorist attacks. ” The two-sided paper is SPIEGEL ONLINE ago.
The situation in the Kurdish city of Erbil – there are currently about 30 German began their training for the Peshmerga – is described in the analysis as’ tense’. So far, meaning the time before the significant strengthening of the German mission in northern Iraq, although there have been ” no evidence of any targeted threat’ of the Germans. Since the Bundeswehr was visible through the expansion of the mission in northern Iraq than in the past, however, get the risk of attacks.
The danger from the IS serious strategists, even if the Kurdish region is considered to be reasonably stable. It is seen that the IS is trying to’ penetrate’ the Kurdish region around Erbil. The militia of radical Islamists, according to the paper in Erbil’ in a position to carry out terrorist attacks’. Even an infiltration of militants in the highly-secured airport area could’ not be ruled out’, so the analysis.
slam As a testament to the skills of the IS itself in the secure, halfway between the Kurdish city of Erbil, a car bomb attack applies in November 2014. At that time, a suicide bomber tried to attack with his prepared with explosives car a government building. Although the car was stopped, the bomber detonated his bomb. Five people died and more than 20 were injured, some seriously.
Officially, the Bundeswehr had always referred to the situation in Erbil as reasonably safe. Since a Bundestag decision by the end of January German soldiers reinforce their training for the Kurdish Peshmerga. In a camp in the district Bnaslawa teach 29 German infantrymen the Kurds in dealing with weapons supplied by Germany, they instruct you in techniques for the detection of explosive devices and perform a basic school supplies for the wounded through.
Even before a handful of German Army instructors were active in Erbil, they trained the Kurds at German weapons. So far, the Germans were in northern Iraq on not great. With the expansion of the mission but says an insider, the Bundeswehr for the fighters of the IS has moved closer to target.’ Whether we join the air strikes or not,’ said an officer’ for the enemy we are since the beginning of the training mission integral part of the international anti -IS coalition’.
In the coming months, the German mission in support of the fight against the Kurdish IS piece by piece to be extended the mandate of the Bundestag allows the deployment of up to 100 soldiers. Currently, the international coalition is building a larger training camp, the so-called’ Kurdistan Training Coordination Center ( KTCC ), near the airport of Erbil. There, the Germans will later teach both relate their camp.
In northern Iraq, the Germans are lightly armed road, the military protection of the camp in Bnaslawa accept the Kurds. In recently dealt pocket cards – a sort of guide for the daily work for soldiers – is noted, however, that they can use in all kinds of threats the firearm. This is also true in attacks on coaches from other nations as used in Erbil Italians and Dutch
In summary:. The Bundeswehr trained Perschmerga fighters and fears, thus could increase the risk of their own soldiers. In a classified classified military situational states’ growing up in presence of German soldiers must be assumed that an increased risk of terrorist attacks.