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The traffic light government has for the first time a resolution on a foreign assignment of the Bundeswehr. On Wednesday in Berlin, the Cabinet approved an extension of the use in Iraq for nine months until the end of October, as agreed on government circles. The mandate for the Bundeswehr was changed to an important place to enable the Greens the consent: it excludes Syria as an area of ​​application.

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In the last extension of the Bundeswehr deployment, the Greens - at that time still in the opposition - had voted no. The preparation of the new mandate text was now a significant contribution to the Federal Ministry of Defense managed by the Green Office.

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The staff upper limit of the mandate is still located at 500 soldiers - this upper limit was last but not exhausted. Among other things, the duties of the Bundeswehr under the previous mandate include supporting international anti-terrorism in the region with airspace monitoring and refueling of military aircraft in the air - also over Syrian territory.

In the mandate design adopted by the Cabinet, the AFP is present, Syria is no longer available as an area of ​​application. The previous day before the Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Green) and Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) had written in a letter to the faction leaders in the Bundestag with a view to the new mandate: "This is how Syria is excluded as an application."

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The mandate design takes up a demand of the Greens. The missions of the Bundeswehr in Iraq and Syria have so far differed significantly in legal terms: In Iraq, the Bundeswehr is in use at the explicit invitation of the government's government, with it a national legal basis. The use in the Syrian airspace, on the other hand, was carried out without the consent of the local government.

In the mandate decided now, it is said in principle only with "approval of the respective government".


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Green Parliamentary Managing Director Irene Mihalic calculates due to this mandate change with a broad consent of its fraction to extend the use. The Greens would not have agreed to use in the past because of "hard international concerns", but now there are "substantial changes," she said in Berlin. This allows approval.

skepticism regarding the Iraq mission was also at the SPD - there is hope that the Bundeswehr deployment can be terminated in the foreseeable future. In its coalition agreement, the traffic lights parties had agreed to evaluate all foreign assignments of the Bundeswehr.

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The well-adopted mandate design for Iraq contains such an evaluation clause: "The use is fully and included in the coming mandate period," it is said. "In particular, the situation on the ground, the Iraqi needs and the legal framework conditions are considered to evaluate how German commitment can be developed in a targeted and legal compliance in the context of cross-resources contributions."

The 2005 started use of the Bundeswehr serves, in particular, the advice of Iraqi security forces to support the struggle against the IS militia and to stabilize Iraq. In the mandate design, the Federal Government points to persistent hazards by the Jihadist IS militia.

"The IS management continues to operate from Iraq and organizes itself in the subsoil," says in the template. With regular attacks underlined the IS, "that despite high pursuing pressure, it is still limited in time and locally limited to carry out complex attacks against local security forces".

The use of the Federal Government should also help to enable the Iraqis' sustainable development of long-term future perspectives and thus also reduce causes of flight and expulsion in the region and to Europe, "writes the Federal Government.

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