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After being besieged by Iran, America consolidates troops and hands over bases.
 
10/20/2020
 

America Signals Retreat in Iraq

After being besieged by Iran, America consolidates troops and hands over bases.

BY WARREN REINSCH

The United States has begun a major withdrawal throughout Iraq. As it draws down its number of military bases and consolidates its troops, Operation Inherent Resolve looks to be coming to an end, and a new pro-Iran, anti-American Iraq is about to be fully realized.

On March 27, the U.S.-led coalition forces withdrew from its third site, the K-1 military base in northern Iraq, the same base where an American contractor was killed in December, which nearly ignited war between Iran and the United States. The U.S. handed the base and its approximately $1.1 million of equipment over to the Iraqi military.

In previous weeks, the U.S. and coalition forces had withdrawn from both the al-Qaim base, along the nation’s western border with Syria, and the Qayyarah Airfield in a subdistrict of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

U.S.-led coalition spokesman Col. Myles Caggins said further withdrawals were planned "in the coming days." One of the bases he specified was the Habbaniyah Air Base west of Baghdad.

 
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