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Shafaq News / The command of the International Coalition Forces revealed on Friday that the survival of its forces in Iraq is at the request of the Iraqi government, while praising the sacrifices of the Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS, it stressed respect for the martyrs of Iraq.
The coalition, which is led by the United States, consists of 61 countries and provides advice and training to Iraqi forces, as well as its air support in the war against ISIS since 2014.
The coalition forces have withdrawn from 6 military bases in Iraq since the beginning of this year. The international coalition says this is part of the relocation and withdrawal from bases of a small number of soldiers.
“The survival of our forces was at the request of the Iraqi government, and we will continue to fight ISIS until they are finally eliminated, ” Colonel Miles Caggins , a spokesman for the coalition forces in Iraq, told a news conference in Sulaimaniyah, attended by Shafaq News.
He cited “the sacrifices of the Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS,” noting that “we must also respect the martyrs of Iraq and the martyrs of the Democratic Forces of Syria and we must not forget that there are people now who are on the front line to defend their homeland and fight ISIS and the forces of darkness and terrorism.”
The US-led international coalition against “ISIS” in Iraq and Syria had confirmed last week that Baghdad still needed support in its war against the organization, which had recently begun operating in several areas of the country.
“The Iraqis still need our support in planning, intelligence and the Air Force,” Kenneth Eckman, deputy commander of the Joint Task Force in Iraq, told a news conference in Baghdad.
Ekman added that the international coalition continues to advise Iraqi forces and launch accurate air strikes against ISIS positions in the country.