İrem GÖL -TDO- The United States led coalition forces in Iraq withdrew from a military base in the country’s North. The K1 Airbase is the third state coalition forces have left this month, in line with the US plans to consolidate its troops in two locations in Iraq. Coalition forces handed over the K1 base to Iraq’s military. At least $1.1m of equipment was transferred to the Iraqis as 300 coalition personnel departed.
K1 has hosted coalition forces since 2017 to launch operations against ISIS armed group. Areas of South Kirkuk, and North of neighboring provinces of Diyala, Salahuddin and Nineveh remain hotbeds of ISIS activities. The stretch of the territory is also disputed between the federal Iraqi government and the autonomous Kurdish region, which has created security gaps benefitting ISIS fighters. The coalition’s presence had at times been a mediating force between two competing authorities.