US-led Coalition Pulls Out of 3rd Base in Iraq
The US-led Coalition on Sunday withdrew from K1 Airbase in northern Iraq.
This was the third base US-led Coalition pulled its forces as part of a Washington plan to gather forces in fewer and bigger bases in Iraq.
A rocket attack last December on K1 base, which is located in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, killed one US contractor. It led to the airstrike which killed Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani on January 3.
“Today, Coalition troops transferred $1 million of property as they depart the Coalition compound inside K1 Iraqi Air Base. This long-planned move was coordinated with the Iraqi government. The ISF [Iraqi security forces] are successful against ISIS [Islamic State], Coalition troops will support from fewer places w/ fewer faces,” said Coalition spokesperson Col. Myles B. Caggins III.
K1 has hosted coalition forces since 2017 to launch operations against the Islamic State group in the nearby mountainous areas. Areas south of Kirkuk, and north of neighboring provinces of Diyala, Salahaddin and Nineveh remain hot beds of IS activity.
Earlier this month, Coalition forces officially departed the military bases of Qaim in western province of Anbar and Qayarah in Nineveh, north of Iraq. Source