The International Coalition: We are operating from a few locations in Iraq and its forces are able to prevent the return of ISIS[/rtl]
[rtl]Editing date: 3/9/2020 21:34 • 31 times read[/rtl]
The spokesman for the International Coalition Forces, Colonel Miles Keigens, confirmed that the Iraqi forces are able to prevent the return of ISIS and ward off the threat of terrorism, in statements that followed information that spoke about the United States' intention to reduce its forces in Iraq.
Keggins said in a press statement, that the Iraqi security forces have demonstrated "a great deal of heroism in their fight against ISIS .. Back in 2014, the organization crossed a third of the area of Iraq, and since that date, the International Coalition Forces, Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga ... have participated in the fight to annex." Defeat ISIS. "
And he added, "Now there are remnants of ISIS lying in a number of hideouts in the mountains, caves and desert valleys .. Its members are unable to keep lands, and there is no population under their control, and it is difficult for them to spread around the world .. and this was thanks to the great efforts made by the Iraqi security forces." With the support of the international coalition. "
"The United States forces and the international coalition remain in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government, as we support our partners with a high level of advice, share intelligence information with them, and carry out air strikes in military operations against ISIS," Kings added.
He pointed out that "Iraqi forces have more than 300,000 army, police and counter-terrorism forces, and these forces are more trained and equipped with weapons and equipment than before, and they are more than capable of preventing ISIS from returning again."
The spokesman for the international coalition forces in Iraq confirmed that the support provided by the international coalition to the Iraqi forces is continuing.
Keggins said: “Against the backdrop of the success of the Iraqi security forces on the ground and in the air against ISIS, the coalition forces withdrew outside the bases in 2020, and from some training sites that we have worked in over six years to train more than 240,000 Iraqi forces that have participated. Successfully in the fight against ISIS. "
"Now we are working from a few locations where we have made advising more centralized ... In Baghdad and Erbil we have coalition officers from more than 13 countries, including Sweden, Spain and France, who sit side by side with Iraqi officers to plan operations against ISIS, and they also share." Intelligence information, as well as air support that is coordinated in the operations center in Iraq and Erbil, according to the request of the Iraqi forces.
He concluded by saying that these operations centers provide "assistance to the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi security forces that coordinate missions to defeat ISIS along the Hamrin Mountains and the Karaghuj Mountain, and places where the organization still possesses a small number of its members carrying out low-level attacks ... and therefore the support that is made." It is provided by the coalition continuously from central locations far away, with a small number of its forces that do not include combat forces in their ranks. "
The American Wall Street Journal quoted, a few days ago, US officials as saying that the United States will reduce the number of its forces in Iraq to about three thousand and five hundred soldiers, that is, about a third.
The newspaper pointed out that US officials confirmed that the US Department of Defense will reduce troop levels by about a third during the next two or three months.
This would bring US troop levels back to what they were in 2015, when the United States was in the first phase of its campaign against ISIS, according to the newspaper.
There are currently about five thousand and two hundred American soldiers in Iraq, who are deployed in several bases distributed over the governorates of Anbar, Erbil and the outskirts of the capital, Baghdad.
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