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US-led forces pull out of 3rd Iraqi base this month

The move is in line with plans to pull out and consolidate coalition troops in two locations in the country. The move is in line with plans to pull out and consolidate coalition troops in two locations in the country.  | 

Updated: March 29, 2020 09:46 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S.-led coalition forces have pulled out of an Iraqi military base that nearly brought Washington into an open war with Iran.

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Coalition forces say they transferred over $1 million of equipment to the Iraqis as 300 personnel departed Sunday.

The move is in line with plans to pull out and consolidate coalition troops in two locations in the country.

K1 Air Base has hosted U.S.-led forces since 2017 to launch operations against the Islamic State group in nearby mountainous areas.

A December rocket attack on the base killed one American contractor and led to a series of tit-for-tat attacks between the U.S. and Iran-backed Iraqi groups.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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