MADRID, Jan. 3 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The governments of Germany and the United Kingdom have been extremely vigilant of their military deployments in the Middle East, mainly in Iraq, in the wake of the US operation in which Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has died, after which Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has already promised a “hard revenge.”
A spokesman for the German forces has confirmed that movements will be limited both by land and by air as a precaution. Germany currently has 27 soldiers who are training in Camp Taji, about 30 kilometers north of Baghdad, as well as about 90 in the Kurdistan area.
“Nothing of the mission has changed and we will continue there as ordered,” said the German spokesman, who thus confirmed that preparations will continue to begin a new phase of deployment near the capital in mid-January , according to the DPA news agency.
For its part, the United Kingdom has also increased the “security and readiness” of all troops and bases in the Middle East, according to sources cited by the television network Sky News.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has released a statement following the death of Soleimaini in which he acknowledges that the Force to the Quds, the powerful body commanded by the late general, represents an “aggressive threat.” However, it has also appealed to the containment of the parties: “A major conflict does not interest anyone.”