The U.S.-led coalition announced on March 29 that it had handed over the K1 Air Base in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk to the country’s Ministry of Defense.
Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the coalition, said that the move was pre-planned and a result of the recent success against ISIS.
“Today, Coalition troops transferred $1 million of property as they depart Operation Inherent Resolve compound inside K1 Iraqi Air Base. This long-planned move was coordinated with the Iraqi government,” the spokesman said, adding “The ISF [Iraqi security forces] are successful against ISIS, Coalition troops will support from fewer places w/ fewer faces.”
Around 300 service members of the U.S. Army and Navy are known to be deployed in the K1 Air Base. All of them will be departing the base.
Today, @Coalition troops transferred $1 million of property as they depart the @CJTFOIR compound inside K1 Iraqi Air Base. This long-planned move was coordinated w/ @IraqiGovt. The ISF are successful against ISIS, Coalition troops will support from fewer places w/ fewer faces. pic.twitter.com/pgeqrbi8cF
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) March 29, 2020
The K1 Air Base was the target of a series of rocket attacks over the last few months. An attack on December 27 of 2019 killed a U.S. defense contractor working in the base.
Fear of coronavirus widespread, Iraqi forces success against ISIS remnants and mounting tension with Shiite groups appear to be the motives behind the U.S.-led coalition partial withdrawal from Iraq.