US Army Hands Over Camp Taji To Iraqi Security Forces

Camp Taji is the eighth site that has been transferred to Iraqi security forces according to the schedule.

Jessica David

August 24, 2020

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The US-led coalition in Iraq handed over another military base to Iraqi security forces on Sunday (August 23). Camp Taji is the eighth site that has been transferred to Iraqi security forces according to the schedule between the Iraqi government and the coalition forces. United States coalition spokesperson Col. Myles Caggins III described the handover of the base, near Baghdad, as an “important day.” “We are making these transitions because the Iraqi security forces are successful against Daesh (Islamic State),” he said.

Information of the development was disseminated by a spokesman for Iraq’s military Joint Operations Command, Tahsin al-Khafaji, said Iraq’s state news agency. The military base was used by US, Australian and New Zealand forces to train Iraqi soldiers. “Other sites in the camp will be handed over according to a timetable,” al-Khafaji added without providing more details. Historically, the site housed up to 2,000 coalition members, most of whom have been deported in recent months.

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