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US coalition forces withdraw from Northern Iraqi base

US coalition troops have withdrawn from a military base in Northern Iraq.

The US withdrawal follows the assassination of senior Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

This is the third site US troops have left this month as the US aims to consolidate its forces in two central locations in Iraq. As part of the exchange the US transferred $1.1m of military equipment was granted to the Iraqis whilst 300 coalition troops withdrew.

Al Jazeera notes that figures from last months show 7,500 coalition troops were stationed in Iraq, 5,000 of which were US troops.

The military base coalition forces withdrew from, known as K1, was of strategic importance for the US which has since 2017 operations against ISIL with a nearby region.

Al Jazeera further notes that the US has withdrawn from the Qayyarah base in Nineveh province and the Qaim base near the border with Syria.

Read more from Al Jazeera.

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