German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was in Jordan on Saturday with a group of German parliamentarians to visit Bundeswehr soldiers who are part of the US-led coalition against the “Islamic State” terror group. Von der Leyen had to nix a planned trip in November due to an impasse in forming a government at home. “It’s important to me that Germany give assurances that we are reliable,” she said. The defense chief visited the troops at the al-Azraq base, where they’ve been stationed since being moved from Turkey last year. The move came amid escalating tensions between Berlin and Ankara that resulted in German lawmakers being barred from visiting the Incirlik Air Base. Despite IS having lost ground in both Iraq and Syria, von der Leyen said the terror group would continue to pose a threat. “We are going to have to keep fighting IS,” she said. “It is clear that the international community’s task will continue to be to fight Islamist terror and to stabilize the region.” Germany has been without a government since federal elections on September 24 left the Christian Democrats (CDU), of which von der Leyen is a member, struggling to form a coalition government. However, over… Read full this story
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