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 Federal Foreign Office supports democracy-building and reform processes in North Africa and the Middle East. The newly established Ta’ziz partnership for democracy will support future projects in Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia and the Sudan.
In many parts of Iraq, mines, explosive ordnance and IEDs are still preventing a return to normal life. Germany supports the United Nations Mine Action Service and other organisations in their work to eliminate the threat posed by explosive remnants of war.
NATO is making a valuable contribution to stabilising crisis regions and to fighting international terrorism.
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.