The US-led Coalition handed over an area of K-1 Air Base on Sunday, the third post in a week handed over to Iraqi Security Forces. This is officially part of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) “repositioning” in Iraq. It comes amid tensions with pro-Iranian groups, and rocket attacks that have targeted US and Coalition forces at bases such as Taji and Ayn al-Asad.
A statement by the Coalition notes “due to Iraqi Security Forces’ success in the campaign against Daesh, the Coalition is adjusting its positioning in Iraq. These military movements are long-planned in coordination with the Government of Iraq. These pre-planned base transfers are not related to recent attacks against Iraqi bases hosting Coalition troops, or the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Iraq…”
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