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German armed forces suspend training ops in Iraq on regional tensions

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is suspending military training operations in Iraq due to increasing regional tensions, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

Germany has indications of potential attacks supported by , he said, adding that this did not mean the training programs could not resume in the coming days.

Focus Online said the decision had been taken in coordination with partner countries fighting Islamic State in the region.

A spokesman for the German Defence Ministry said the German armed forces had 160 soldiers involved in the training deployment in Iraq.

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel and Sabine Siebold; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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