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In confirmation of what Shafaq News reported, the international coalition hands over a new military base in Iraq

Category: Iraq News

Date: 2020-04-04T13:08:31+0000
In confirmation of what Shafaq News reported, the international coalition hands over a new military base in Iraq

Shafaq News / The ceremony of handing over the area of ​​the International coalition within the Air Force Base from the Joint Task Force - Solid Determination Operation took place on Saturday to the Iraqi forces.

Brigadier Vincent Parker, director of sustainability affairs for the Joint Task Force - Solid Determination Operation said that moving the progress base of (Habbaniyah) is another advanced step toward the ongoing partnership between the Iraqi security forces and the international military coalition against ISIS

He also said that during the past month, the international coalition had handed over four bases to the Iraqi forces.

A security official revealed on Friday, that the international coalition will hand over Habbaniya base to the Iraqi side today.

The source told Shafaq News that " the international coalition will officially hand over Habbaniyah base in Anbar province to the Iraqi forces on Saturday," noting that “ this will be done by signing an agreement between representatives of the two parties to hand over and receive the base.”

The international coalition forces evacuated several headquarters they occupied in the previous period, and handed them over to the Iraqi forces.

The process included bases in Mosul and Kirkuk.

The joint task force of the International Coalition stated that the departure has nothing to do with the recent attacks on the military facility.

The coalition added in a statement, that it is being redeployed inside the country, in light of what it said was success achieved by the Iraqi forces in combating the extremist organization ISIS.

Military bases, which include foreign forces in Iraq, are under missile attacks by Iranian-linked factions, according to American accusations.

After an attack that killed an American contractor at a military base in Iraq in late 2019, the United States responded by killing a prominent Iranian military leader, Qasim Soleimani, near Baghdad airport.

Iran responded by firing missiles at Ain al-Assad base in Anbar province, in western Iraq, but without causing casualties among Americans, and attacks against bases of foreign forces have continued since.

The Iraqi parliament adopted a resolution calling on the government to work to remove foreign forces in the country, but the US President, Donald Trump, insisted to keeping his country's forces and threatened Baghdad with harsh sanctions if it insisted.

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