Iraq: US-led coalition hands over al-Qaim military base to Iraqi forces

The US-led coalition handed over the al-Qaim military base to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), near the border with Syria on Thursday. «There is a schedule prepared for the withdrawal of international forces and the end of their presence in Iraq after the forces are trained and qualified to preserve and protect the country,» said Major General Tahsin Al-Khafaji, the Joint Operations Command... Еще spokesman. The US-led coalition personnel are expected to be redeployed from several smaller bases to bigger ones in Iraq as well as to be sent to Syria and Kuwait, according to media reports. The withdrawal came after several rocket attacks in Iraq targeted the bases with the US-led coalition personnel, killing several people, with the US blaming Iranian-backed forces for the attacks.

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