German defence minister visits German troops at Jordan base
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AMMAN, Jordan — Germany will continue to participate in the battle against Islamic State group, even after the extremists suffered territorial losses, the German
The German contingent has been stationed since October at the Azraq air base in northern Jordan from where German aircraft have been flying reconnaissance and
Jordan, which borders former IS strongholds in
In recent months, the Islamic State group has lost large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, raising questions about the future scope of the anti-IS mission.
The international community faces continued challenges, including stabilizing the region in the long term, said the minister, who was accompanied by a group of German parliamentarians. "It's important to me that Germany give assurances that we are reliable," she said.
Four German reconnaissance planes and a
The contingent was initially stationed in Turkey, but moved to Jordan after Turkey repeatedly barred German parliamentarians from visiting the troops.