SOUTHWEST ASIA , Aug. 16, 2019 —
Senior leaders from Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve met with Iraqi Ministry of Defence officials to discuss Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi’s recent guidance regarding airspace usage.
As guests within Iraq’s sovereign borders, CJTF-OIR complies with all Iraqi laws and direction from the Government of Iraq. The U.S.-led coalition immediately complied with all directions received from our Iraqi partners as they implemented the Prime Minister’s order.
CJTF-OIR forces operate within Iraq at the request, and under the protection, of the Government of Iraq and in partnership with Iraqi Security Forces. Since the campaign to defeat Daesh began on Oct. 17, 2014, CJTF-OIR assisted the Government of Iraq in the liberation of Iraqi territory. Support to the people of Iraq includes, but is not limited to, training over 220,000 Iraqi Security Force members, providing billions of dollars in equipment and supporting nearly 15,000 coordinated strikes with the Government of Iraq. We are committed to continuing our mission to support and enable our ISF partner forces in their mission of an enduring defeat of Daesh.