Late last month, the US-led international coalition’s headquarters in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh near the Syrian border was reportedly transferred to the Iraqi Army, who earlier took over several local military bases left by coalition troops.
Colonel Myles Caggins, spokesman for the combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), has announced that the US-led anti-terror coalition is leaving an air base located in central Iraq.
The withdrawal comes after the Iraqi news outlet Baghdad Al Youm reported on 30 March that coalition force headquarters in the country’s northern province of Nineveh near the Syrian border had been transferred to the Iraqi Army.
According to Baghdad Al Youm, the handover took place as part of the process of withdrawing foreign troops from a spate of Iraqi provinces.
Coalition Troops Exit From Two Iraqi Air Bases
This followed Brig. Gen. Vincent Barker, the sustainment director of the CJTF-OIR, saying late last week that the coalition had transferred the K1 Air Base in the northern province of Kirkuk to the Iraqi Armed Forces.
The coalition, in turn, referred to a successful campaign against Daesh conducted by the Iraqi military as the reason behind the transfer of the air base. According to the CJTF-OIR, the move was pre-planned and not related to the spread of the coronavirus in Iraq or recent attacks by Shiite militias against Iraqi…