January 8, 2020 / 9:03 AM / 20 days ago

Spain says it has withdrawn some of its troops from Iraq

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain has pulled out some of its troops from Iraq due to security concerns, acting Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo said on Wednesday.

“Those who were in riskier positions have left for Kuwait,” Calvo told state broadcaster RTVE. “There is only a reduced number left there.”

The decision comes as NATO announced it would move some of its military training personnel out of Iraq amid fears of a regional conflagration.

Reporting by Emma Pinedo and Inti Landauro, writing by Ashifa Kassam, editing by Andrei Khalip

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