They mentioned U.S. protection firm Sallyport has its headquarters throughout the airbase, and at the moment has 46 personnel there contracted to offer base providers to assist Iraq’s F-16 program.
The assault comes days after over a dozen rockets focused coalition forces exterior Irbil worldwide airport within the Kurdish-controlled area of northern Iraq. The assault killed one coalition contractor and wounded 9 extra. Iraqi and Kurdish residents had been additionally severely injured.
A little bit-known Shiite militant group calling itself Saraya Awliya al-Dam, Arabic for Guardians of Blood Brigade, claimed accountability for the assault.
Saturday’s assault comes after NATO introduced it will dramatically scale up its mission in Iraq from 500 personnel to 4,000, as a way to battle the remnants of the Islamic State group, in line with feedback from Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg this week. The rise comes as U.S.-led coalition troops have progressively diminished their presence in Iraq over the past 12 months.
NATO’s coaching mission was launched in 2018 to assist the conflict-ravaged nation develop new academies and army faculties for its armed forces. It was initially positioned within the capital, Baghdad, and in neighboring Jordan.
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