Military Capabilities

Covid-19: US-led coalition ceases training Iraqi forces

23 March 2020

US-led coalition troops have ceased training Iraqi security forces (ISF) in a bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and coalition trainers have started temporarily returning to their home countries.

The bulk of the troops remaining in Iraq will be concentrating on protecting the bases they share with Iraqi units or specialist support activity.

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) announced the move on 20 March, saying it followed a decision by the Iraqi military to suspend all their own training.

“As a result, the coalition will temporarily return some of its training-focused forces to their own countries in the coming days and weeks,” CJTF-OIR said.

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