French Army to continue military training activities in Iraq – source

French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi deliver a joint statement at the Elysee Palace in Paris, May 3, 2019. © Reuters / Philippe Wojazer / Pool

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France has no plans at this point to suspend military training activities in Iraq, Reuters reported a source close to the French Defense Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

“There is no change regarding the French engagement at this time,” the source said. France currently employs 300 military training staff in Iraq.

Germany and the Netherlands said on Wednesday they were suspending military training in Iraq as the US warned of increased threats from Iran-backed forces amid an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.

The US State Department has ordered the pullout of some employees from both its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil.

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