The US-led coalition formally handed the Qayyarah Air Force Base, located around 60 km (37 miles) south of Mosul, to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), on Thursday.
«All the forces from Q-West [Qayyarah Air Force Base] are withdrawing. About 500 soldiers are withdrawing. But not all our forces are going to be withdrawing from Iraq,» said General Vincent Parker, Joint Operations Officer at Qayyarah... Еще Air Force Base.
«From this spot, the withdrawal will be complete and the base will be completely delivered to the air forces command, as it is an air base. There will be, God willing, other withdrawals from other different areas in Iraq,» said Iraqi Major General, Mohammad Fadel.
The withdrawal came one week after the US-led coalition handed over the al-Qaim military base to the ISF. The al-Qaim 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.