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US-led Coalition Limits Operations In Iraq Because Of ‘Security Issues’

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US-led Coalition Limits Operations In Iraq Because Of 'Security Issues'

In this Aug. 20, 2017 file photo, U.S. Army soldiers stands next to a guided-missile launcher, a few miles from the frontline, in the village of Abu Ghaddur, east of Tal Afar, Iraq.

On January 5, the US-led coalition announced that it had limited its anti-ISIS and training operations in Iraq. The coalition blamed Kataib Hezbollah for security issues and said that it will focus on securiing its personnel deployed.

An official statement by the US-led coalition (source):

CJTF-OIR Statement on the ongoing Defeat Daesh Mission

Our first priority is protecting all Coalition personnel committed to the defeat of Daesh.  Repeated rocket attacks over the last two months by elements of Kata’ib Hezbollah have caused the death of Iraqi Security Forces personnel and a U.S. civilian.  As a result we are now fully committed to protecting the Iraqi bases that host Coalition troops.  This has limited our capacity to conduct training with partners and to support their operations against Daesh and we have therefore paused these activities, subject to continuous review.  We remain resolute as partners of the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people that have welcomed us into their country to help defeat ISIS.  We remain ready to return our full attention and efforts back to our shared goal of ensuring the lasting defeat of Daesh.

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