Coalition ramps down air support in Iraq, shifts to training

February 15, 2018 1:56 am militarytimes.com
Coalition ramps down air support in Iraq, shifts to training

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq — Now that Iraq has claimed victory over the Islamic State group after a bloody 3 1/2-year war, the U.S.-led coalition is decreasing air support in the country — the latest indication of the coalition’s shrinking footprint amid a drawdown of U.S. forces announced earlier this month. American and Iraqi air force commanders say the coalition will launch fewer airstrikes in support of Iraqi forces and…

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