Posts tagged as Iraq

Latvia to send 34 troops to NATO mission in Iraq

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Latvia is planning to participate in the latest iteration of the NATO mission in Iraq with a unit of 34 soldiers, news agency LETA said July 29. The Ministry of Defense (AM) has prepared a draft project for Saeima on the participation of Latvian soldiers in the NATO mission in Iraq until November 1 2022. AM said that in October 2016 NATO defense ministers approved training and security strengthening activities in Iraq and its region.…

US, British soldiers fall in Iraq; US attacks militia group

Friday, March 13, 2020

In Iraq, a rocket attack has hit a US military base killing two American and one British soldiers. The US has conducted air strikes against what its coalition forces called Iran-backed fighters. The Camp Taji military base near Baghdad, hosts foreign soldiers from the US-led international coalition against IS. Their mission is to train and advise Iraqi security forces. A coalition statement announced that on Wednesday, March 11, Camp Taji…

64 US troops suffered traumatic brain injuries from Iranian missile attack, as casualty total continues to balloon

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Pentagon announced Thursday that 64 American troops sustained mild traumatic brain injuries as a result of the Iranian missile strikes on two military bases in Iraq, once again revising how many service members were hurt in the Jan. 8 attack. “The diagnosis we have so far to date is mild traumatic brain injury,” Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon,…

Latvia extends Iraq operation

Friday, January 24, 2020

A majority in Saeima voted to extend the participation of the National Armed Forces (NBS) in the international military anti-terrorism operation against Daesh, according to the Parliamentary Press Service on January 23. On January 14, 2016 Saiema voted to send NBS soldiers to participate in the Iraq operation through February 1, 2018. Afterward Saeima voted once again to extend the operation through February 1, 2020 on December 7, 2017. Daesh continues to…

Eleven US service members were screened for brain injuries after Iranian missile strikes

Friday, January 17, 2020

U.S. military facilities in Kuwait and Germany treated 11 service members for possible brain injuries suffered during the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on Ain al-Asad base in Iraq, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command said Friday. The attack was retaliation for a Jan. 3 drone strike in Baghdad that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. “As a standard procedure, all personnel in…

Latvian defense minister: abandoning Iraq has dramatic consequences

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The mandate doesn’t contain an obligation to participate in the mission, but provides the opportunity. The final decision whether to continue participation in the mission will be up to Saeima. The 81-state coalition is currently in talks with partners about the future of the mission, but Pabriks reiterated that respecting Iraq’s sovereignty, if Iraq asks the mission to leave, then Latvian soldiers will leave. “In the case that this mission…

Estonian defense personnel withdrawing from Iraq to Kuwait

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Estonian troops in Iraqi are to moving to Kuwait, in the aftermath of Iranian missile strikes on two bases in the country. Speaking on ETV current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera Wednesday evening, chief of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) said the personnel, who are primarily there in a training capacity according to defense minister Jüri Luik, should reach Kuwait, which borders Iraq, overnight, and follows an announcement Wednesday evening that…

As long as the invitation by the Iraqi government is in place, Latvia will not recall its soldiers from Iraq – president

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Latvian soldiers are in Iraq at the moment by invitation of the government of that country to take part in a mission to fight Daesh, so Latvia has no reason to withdraw its troops as long as this invitation, President Egils Levits told members of the press after a meeting with Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) today. The president said the decision to withdraw troops could be made if…

US, Iran step back from the brink; region still on edge

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war on Wednesday as President Donald Trump signaled he would not retaliate militarily for Iran’s missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. No one was harmed in the strikes, but U.S. forces in the region remained on high alert. Speaking from the White House, Trump seemed intent on deescalating the crisis, which spiraled after he authorized the targeted…

Some NATO Troops Begin Leaving Iraq

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The alliance, which has been training Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State, said that it would begin removing some troops after the United States killed the Iranian general Qassim Suleimani. NATO is removing some of the trainers who have been working with Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State, in the aftermath of the American killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran in Baghdad. The NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, announced on…