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Shafaq News / The International Coalition announced on Sunday that it had handed over the “largest” ammunition storage site to the coalition at Taji base near Baghdad to the Iraqi authorities.
A statement by the coalition received by Shafaq News stated that, “The Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, held a ceremony with the Iraqi security forces to hand over the largest ammunition storage site to the coalition in Taji base, Iraq, on August 16, 2020,” explaining that “the ceremony included the handover Nearly 50 ammunition storage depots and the attached safe facility come under full Iraqi control
“In 2020, ammunition inside the storage facility, valued at more than $ 11 million, was delivered to the Iraqi Security Forces as part of the Coalition’s Counter-ISIS Training and Equipping Fund. Ammunition items included 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm rifle ammunition,” he added. Mortar and artillery shells, attack helicopter missiles, hand grenades, and other materials used in training and military operations. ”
“The ammunition storage facility was considered the primary facility for storing ammunition that supports the operations and tasks of the Iraqi security forces and the international military coalition against ISIS. These military moves have been planned for a long time and in coordination with the government of Iraq,” the statement noted.
“The handover of the ammunition storage site today is an important event as it is a symbol of success and partnership between the coalition and the Iraqi security forces,” the statement quoted Colonel Gregory Fikum, commander of the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade.
“We are looking forward to the continued success of your forces and we are grateful for allowing us, as your partner, to use this secure location for storage,” he added.
He pointed out that “the coalition will continue to maintain a small presence in Taji to coordinate logistical and security operations with the Iraqi security forces.”
Since the beginning of this year, the international coalition has handed over 6 military sites to the Iraqi forces, as part of a plan that the coalition says is to re-position and withdraw from camps that contain a small number of soldiers.
The coalition’s handover of the camps coincided with the escalation of missile attacks against its forces in Iraq following the assassination of the Iranian Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in an American air strike near Baghdad International Airport on the third of last January.