Iraq and U.S. Maintain Robust Security Partnership


Reaffirming its commitment to the security of Iraq and its ability to suppress terrorism, the U.S.-led Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh provided the Iraqi Armed Forces equipment and weapons worth $5 million in March 2021. 

“The Iraqi security forces received equipment, weapons and vehicles to support counterterrorism operations, estimated at $5 million from the Global Coalition forces,” said Maj. Gen. Yahya Rasoul, spokesman for the commander in chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces.

The equipment is designed to support the country in its mission to eliminate Daesh and is part of a program launched in 2014 at the peak of Daesh’s crimes in northern Iraq.

Iraqi military commanders have repeatedly praised the support their forces receive from the coalition forces in the form of training, equipment, military advisors and intelligence gathered by aerial reconnaissance. 

The global coalition, also known as the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, is a united international mission aimed at creating enduring security in Iraq and northeast Syria to enable stabilization activities and humanitarian assistance.

To help Iraq defeat Daesh, coalition air forces conducted tens of thousands of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria when Daesh overran 110,000 square kilometers in the two countries. In addition, coalition support to Iraqi security forces consumed about $3.5 billion. Nearly 200,000 Iraqi Soldiers and police officers received training from multinational partners.

Sources: Operation Inherent Resolve, BBC, Al Hurra

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