US-led troops withdraw from Iraq’s Taji base

CAMP TAJI, Iraq: United States-led worldwide coalition troops withdrew from Iraq’s Taji navy base on Sunday and handed it over to Iraqi safety forces, Reuters witnesses and the coalition stated.
The bottom, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, had been the positioning of frequent rocket assaults by Iran-backed militias focusing on U.S.-led troops in current months.
“The motion of coalition navy personnel is a part of a long-range plan coordinated with the federal government of Iraq,” the coalition stated in a press release, including that Camp Taji has traditionally held as much as 2,000 coalition members, most of whom have departed this summer season.
Remaining coalition troops will depart within the coming days after finalising the handing over of kit to Iraqi safety forces, it added.
This was the eighth switch of a coalition portion of an Iraqi base again to Iraqi forces, it stated.
The withdrawal got here days after U.S. President Donald Trump redoubled his promise to withdraw the few U.S. troops nonetheless within the nation. America has had about 5,000 troops stationed within the nation and coalition allies an extra 2,500.
Iraq’s parliament had voted this yr for the departure of international troops from Iraq and U.S. and different coalition troops have been leaving as a part of a drawdown.
The vote got here after a U.S. air strike on Baghdad airport killed Iranian normal Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

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