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Taji military base back with Iraqi forces 

August 23, 2020
Coalition forces train Iraqi soldiers improve their skills during a military exercise at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad in this file photo.
Coalition forces train Iraqi soldiers improve their skills during a military exercise at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad in this file photo.

BAGHDAD — The led international coalition in Iraq led by the United State has handed over Taji military base to Iraqi forces, Iraqi News Agency reported on Sunday, citing Iraq's joint operations' spokesperson.

“The base was being used to train, prepare, and rehabilitate the Iraqis by Australian, New Zealand, and American forces,” the spokesperson for Iraq’s joint operations, Maj. Gen. Tahseen Al-Khafaji, told the Iraqi News Agency. “It will now be dedicated for the usage of the Iraqi security forces.”

The withdrawal came days after President Donald Trump redoubled his promise to withdraw the few US troops still in the country. Iraq's parliament had voted earlier this year for the departure of foreign troops from Iraq, and US and other coalition troops have been leaving as part of a drawdown.

The United States has had around 5,000 troops stationed in the country, and coalition allies another 2,500. — Agencies


August 23, 2020
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