The war on the Islamic State militant group Daesh has not yet ended, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said yesterday.
Speaking on the sidelines of her visit to the Iraqi city of Erbil, Lambrecht said: "We made great strides, but we have not yet reached the point where we can say that ISIS has been defeated."
The minister arrived in Iraq from Jordan on her first tour after assuming her post in the new German government.
In Iraq, Lambrecht held talks with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Defence Minister Juma Inad.
Earlier on Saturday, Lambrecht arrived in Jordan, where she was briefed on the German soldiers' role at Azraq Air Base as part of the US-led international mission to combat Daesh.
According to the German Military Command for Foreign Affairs, there are currently about 150 German soldiers in Jordan who support the US-led coalition against Daesh by refuelling mission aircraft.
In total, Germany has approximately 240 soldiers taking part in the operations of the anti-terrorist coalition in Jordan, Iraq and Syria.