The U.S.-led coalition operating against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has reportedly moved its headquarters from the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, to Kuwait.
Tõnu Miil, an Estonian army colonel who is serving as a senior staff officer at the coalition, told the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) on January 8 that the headquarters was moved from Baghdad’s Green Zone over the last few days.
“We flew by night. Most of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Baghdad’s Green Zone decided to move to Kuwait and it has been done over several days. I arrived in Kuwait early on Wednesday morning and the OIR headquarters are being re-organized here,” Miil told ERR over the phone.
The Estonian commander added that the headquarters will be re-established in the coming days, stressing that the move was “all about keeping people safe.”
Early in the morning, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched over a dozen of missiles on bases hosting U.S.-led coalition personnel in northern and western Iraq. The Pentagon and the US-led coalition denied any casualties among their personnel in initial statements.
The missile strike was Iran’s response to the assassination of Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani. The senior commander was killed in earlier this month in U.S. airstrikes on the Baghdad international airport.
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