A status quo Germany has maintained for almost 60 years is changing in response to modern-day security challenges.
Ever since World War ii, Germany’s military missions abroad have been executed under a United Nations or nato mandate—until now.
The crisis in Iraq is compelling the German government to implement drastic changes in its military policy on foreign deployment. The German cabinet agreed Wednesday to send over 100 troops to Irbil, in northern Iraq, to train Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. If finalized, the plan would be Germany’s first major military deployment without any authorization from the United Nations or nato. Continue reading