Five Czech police officers, who have temporarily returned to the Czech
Republic from a military mission in Baghdad, are due to return to Iraq on
Saturday. The officers returned to Czechia 16 days ago due to a restricted
operation of the training centre in the Iraqi capitol.
The Minister of Interior, Jan Hamáček, said their the move had nothing to do with the development of the safety situation in the country. The Czech Army currently has around 40 soldiers and police officers in Iraq mainly working to train Iraqi security forces to fight against the ISIS militia.
They remained stationed in the country despite the conflict between the Us and Iran following the US drone strike on a leading Iranian general.
Palacký University in Olomouc has opened its own campus in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. The university currently offers a course in petroleum engineering within its life-long learning programme and hopes to extend its activities by up to six regular BA courses in the future. I spoke to Martin Kudláček, Palacký University’s Vice-Rector for International Relations, and I first asked him how the project was initiated:
Five Czech police officers who are part of a military mission in Iraq will
temporarily return to the Czech Republic due to a restricted operation of
the training centre in Baghdad, Police President Jan Švejdar said on
According to the police president’s spokeswoman, Kateřina Rendlová, the move has nothing to do with the development of the safety situation in the country. The police officers are due to return to Iraq as soon as the training resumes its operation.
A meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday addressed the
conflict between Iran and the United States following the killing of
Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said after the meeting that Czech police
officers, soldiers and civilians in Iraq were safe, adding that the Czech
Republic had funds at hand for their possible evacuation from the country.
The Czech Army currently has around 40 soldiers and police officers in Iraq mainly working to train Iraqi security forces to fight against the ISIS militia.
According to the general chief of staff, they will remain stationed in Iraq but increased security measures will be taken to ensure their safety.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says the Czech Republic is not at present
considering withdrawing its troops from Iraq. Speaking on a visit to
Olomouc, Mr. Babiš confirmed an earlier statement from the General Staff
of the Czech Army that none of the country’s soldiers had been harmed
during overnight rocket attacks on two US bases in Iraq.
A Czech Ministry of Defence spokesman said no Czech soldiers had been stationed at the bases.
Iran said the strikes had been in retaliation for the killing last week of its military commander Qassem Suleimani.
A spokesperson for the Czech Army said its troops had halted exercises and were remaining at their bases, adding that it would await a decision on how to proceed from NATO command.
Almost 40 Czech soldiers are taking part in a NATO mission in Iraq and five Czech police officers are serving as instructors in Bagdad.
Amidst growing tension over the latest developments in the Middle East, following the killing of Iran’s military leader Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, the Czech foreign minister has joined calls for a level-headed approach to the crisis, warning that a further escalation of tension will not only destabilize the region, but put at risk the progress made in the war on terror.
Czech soldiers deployed in Iraq will remain stationed there despite rising
tension since the United States killed Iranian general Qassim Soleimani
last week, the Ministry of Defence confirmed on Tuesday.
The Czech Army currently has around 40 soldiers and police officers in Iraq mainly working to train Iraqi security forces to fight against the ISIS militia. Increased security measures will be taken in coordination with NATO allies, a ministry spokesman said.
Up to 60 Czech soldiers could be deployed in Mali, Niger and Chad to serve
in counter-terrorist roles, the Ministry of Defence proposes, according to
an unpublished report cited by the Czech News Agency on Monday. The
proposal follows the offer by France to partake in the anti-insurgent
Operation Barkhane in Africa’s Sahel region, which has been running since
2014. However, the proposal first has to be approved by the government and
Parliament. If confirmed, the soldiers would be active in the region until
The Czech Republic currently has 120 members of the armed services in Mali and will take over the EU’s local training mission EUTM Mali later this year. Overall, there are some 600 Czech soldiers currently active in 20 foreign states, according to an earlier statement by Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar (ANO).
The Czech Foreign Ministry has warned Czechs against travelling to Iraq,
citing the volatile situation in the country. Citizens who decide to take
the risk are advised to register with the ministry’s travel data base
DROZD which will facilitate assistance in the event of problems.
The Czech Republic expressed deep concern over Tuesday's attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad by an angry crowd of demonstrators.
The Czech Foreign Ministry called on the Iraqi authorities to launch a thorough investigation into the matter, pointing out that under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations the Iraqi government is bound to “take appropriate steps to protect the premises of foreign missions against any intrusion or damage”.