The international coalition led by the United States on Saturday handed over control of the Besmaya military base to the Iraqi military, this is the seventh base transferred to the Iraqis, the Joint Command of the Iraqi armed forces reported.
“The transfer of the Besmaya military base, where Spanish troops were stationed as part of the coalition, took place according to the schedule developed by the government of Iraq and the leadership of the coalition. This is the seventh base transferred by the coalition,” the official representative of the command, Tahsin al-Khafaji, told the INA news Agency.
He noted that the Spanish military, who were at this base, will train the Iraqi ones. “The Spanish military will leave Iraq at the end of their mission,” al – Khafaji said.
According to him, several other bases are expected to be transferred.
US air force Major General Kenneth Eckman, Deputy commander of the joint task force, operation Unwavering resolve, previously estimated the value of the objects and property transferred to the Iraqi authorities at $ 5 million. According to him, the coalition will continue to help with planning operations, providing intelligence, and air support.
On January 5, the Iraqi Parliament voted by a majority in favor of withdrawing foreign troops from the country’s territory and also called for a review of the format of cooperation with the US-led international anti-terrorist coalition. These measures were a response to the US in the area of Baghdad international airport operation, which on the night of January 3 were killed Iranian General, commander of the special unit of the Islamic revolutionary guard corps (IRGC) Qasem Suleimani and the Deputy head of the Iraqi Shiite militia, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. In Washington, they are considered to be involved in the organization of the attack on the American Embassy in Baghdad on December 31, 2019. In response, Iran struck American bases in Iraq, including ain al-Asad.
After these events, the US-led international coalition handed over to the Iraqi military several sites where the US military had previously been stationed, including some airbases and the headquarters of the coalition’s military advisers.