Today (23 March) marks the second anniversary of the liberation of Baghuz, which is located on the Iraqi-Syrian border and was the last stronghold of the terrorist organisation Islamic State (ISIS).
The German Bundestag decided today to extend Germany’s military contribution to the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria. Germany is supporting the Iraqi Government in its fight against IS and is helping to stabilise liberated areas.
In a video conference today, the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS Small Group discussed how to pursue the fight against the terrorist organisation in Syria and Iraq. The focus was on developments in Iraq and Syria, as well as the COVID‑19 pandemic.
In areas in Iraq that have been liberated from ISIS, mines and booby-traps are still one of the main obstacles to the return of refugees. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), which is co-funded by Germany, plays a key role in stabilising the country.
Broad engagement by the Global Coalition against the Daesh terrorist organisation in Iraq and Syria remains crucial for security in both the Middle East and in Europe.
Jordan is a key partner in humanitarian assistance to Syria and the region, as well as the fight against IS. In view of the current tensions, Foreign Minister Maas is discussing the next steps with Jordan’s Foreign Minister.