SOUTHWEST ASIA , March 17, 2020 —
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve conducted a base transfer ceremony with the Iraqi Security Forces, March 17, 2020 at Al Qaim, Iraq.
"Today marks a historic moment for the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and our Iraqi Security Partners," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Barker, CJTF-OIR Director of Sustainment. "Al Qaim served as a critical location in the fight against Daesh. First, as the Iraqi Security Forces liberated the Al Qaim region from an evil presence, and later as a valuable base during the Battle for Baghouz, the last physical territory held by ISIS. Today’s transfer is possible thanks to the efforts and successes of our ISF partners."
As a result of the ISF’s success in their fight against ISIS, and in conjunction with our partner forces and the Government of Iraq, CJTF-OIR will relocate and consolidate personnel and equipment from several Iraqi bases throughout 2020. The ISF increasingly conducts independent operations in the fight against Daesh and the defense of their homeland—including the “Heroes of Iraq” Campaign and 2019’s “Will of Victory.” CJTF-OIR remains in Iraq at the Invitation of the Government of Iraq and will continue anti-ISIS advising and training operations. The Coalition will operate from fewer locations but remains commitment to supporting our partners in their fight against Daesh.
The Coalition troops will depart Al Qaim after the completion of equipment transfers to Iraqi Security Forces, in the coming days.
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To see press release in Arabic: CJTF-OIR Press Release 20200317-01 Al Qaim Base Transfer- النسخة العربية
To see Al Qaim Base Fact Sheet in English: Al Qaim Base Fact Sheet
To see Al Qaim Base Fact Sheet in Arabic: Al Qaim Base Fact Sheet- النسخة العربية
To see Al Qaim Base Photos and Captions in English: Al Qaim Base Photos
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