A comprehensive strategy in which political and stabilising as well as military measures are interlinked is essential for the fight against the terrorist organisation IS.
One year has passed since the liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa, which the self styled Islamic State (IS) had declared its capital. The task now is to bring stability to the areas liberated from IS in Syria and Iraq.
Germany has assisted Iraq’s fight against so called “Islamic State” as part of the Global Coalition against Daesh since December 2015. On 11 October, the Bundestag discussed the extension of the Bundeswehr’s mandate to counter IS.
IS’ regime of terror has been stopped in Iraq, but the threat has not yet been eradicated. That is why the German Government tabled a motion in the German Bundestag on Thursday (15 March), requesting that the Bundeswehr continue working on stabilisation in Iraq for a further seven months.
Daesh has been largely defeated militarily in Iraq. The task now is to foster stability so that Iraqis can return to normality. Germany is assisting the country in this process.