SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 29, 2020 —
Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) conducted a ceremony with the Iraqi Security Forces to hand over the inner-Coalition area of K1 Air Base, Iraq, March 29, 2020.
Due to Iraqi Security Forces' success in the campaign against Daesh, the Coalition is adjusting its positioning in Iraq. These military movements are long-planned in coordination with the Government of Iraq. These pre-planned base transfers are not related to recent attacks against Iraqi bases hosting Coalition troops, or the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Iraq.
"Today in another proud day for our Iraqi Security Force partners and the anti-ISIS international military Coalition," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Barker, CJTF-OIR director of sustainment. “K1 has served as a critical location for the Coalition, the ISF and Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service in the fight to find and destroy ISIS safe havens in the rugged Hamrin Mountains. It will continue to be a key location in our partnered efforts to eliminate the evils of Daesh. Today’s transfer was coordinated with the Government of Iraq and is possible thanks to the efforts and successes of our ISF partners."
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 2020 “Heroes of Iraq” and 2019’s “Will of Victory” campaigns. CJTF-OIR remains in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq and continues anti-ISIS advising. Currently, training operations are temporarily paused due to COVID-19 precautions. The Coalition will operate from fewer locations, but remains committed to supporting our partners in their fight against Daesh.
The Coalition troops will depart K1 after the completion of equipment transfers to Iraqi Security Forces, in the coming days.
To see the press release in Arabic: CJTF-OIR Press Release 20200329-01 K1 Transfer- النسخة العربية
To see K1 Air Base fact sheet in English: K1 Air Base Fact Sheet
To see K1 Air Base fact sheet in Arabic: K1 Air Base Fact Sheet - النسخة العربية
To see K1 Air Base photos and captions in English: K1 Air Base Photos
To see K1 Air Base photos and captions in Arabic: K1 Air Base Photos -النسخة العرابية