US-led Coalition Shifts ISIS Mission; It Now Seeks to Help The Iraqi Army

Published May 31st, 2021 - 04:59 GMT
US-led coalition in Iraq shifts mission on ISIS
A U.S. Army soldier stands guard as his commanding officer and allied troops meet with local villagers on May 26, 2021 near the Turkish border in northeastern Syria. (AFP/File)
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Coalition says its mission changed from direct combat to providing support to Iraqi army

The US-led coalition against Daesh/ISIS terror group said Sunday its mission in Iraq has shifted from direct combat to providing support to the Iraqi army.

“The International Coalition confirmed that its mission in Iraq to defeat Daesh/ISIS has shifted from direct combat to additional support for Iraqi forces, including advice and training,” coalition’s military spokesman, Col. Wayne Marotto, said in statements cited by the official Iraqi news agency.

The spokesman said the Iraqi army is leading the battles against the Daesh/ISIS terror group, adding that the US-led coalition will provide the Iraqi security forces with “intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, logistics, advice” among other operational and strategic level support.

Marotto added that the US-led coalition will also provide air support to the Iraqi forces “when requested.”

The spokesman said the coalition’s presence in Iraq is at an “official invitation from the Iraqi government to eliminate terrorists and its remnants in specific parts of Iraq and Syria”.


Over the past months, military bases housing US forces in Iraq have been targeted with missile attacks and Washington has often accused armed factions loyal to Iran of being responsible.

The latest attack on US interests in the country was on Monday when a missile targeted the Ain Al-Asad Air Base in Anbar province. No casualties were reported.

Currently, there are around 3,000 troops, including 2,500 US forces, fighting in the anti-Daesh/ISIS coalition.

Iraqi political groups have called for the withdrawal of the US troops from the country under a parliamentary decision issued on Jan. 5, 2020.

On April 7, Baghdad announced the formation of a technical committee to assume the task of approving the timing and mechanisms related to the US troop withdrawal, while no announcement was made from the American side about naming a committee for this purpose.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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