U.S.-led coalition closes several bases in Iraq for counter-IS operations - Spokesman

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The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group has established and closed several bases in Iraq built in support of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson told Sputnik on Friday.

"The Coalition has established and closed several of these temporary posts throughout Iraq as we support the ISF [Iraqi Security Forces] in the fight against Daesh," the spokesperson said using the Arabic term for the Islamic State.

On Thursday, Turkish media reported that the United States was constructing a military base in the northern part of Iraq in the vicinity of the city of Tal Afar.

"For operational purposes, we do not discuss locations of coalition forces. However, any temporary bases that are established are always in coordination with the government of Iraq and in support of Iraqi Security Forces," the spokesperson said when asked about the reports.

On 2 August, the broadcaster Rudaw reported that the Iraqi military had launched an operation to retake Tal Afar from the Islamic State. However, the Iraqi authorities have not yet confirmed the mission.

On 26 July, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi pledged to liberate both the city of Tal Afar and the Al-Hawija district from the Islamic State in the same resolute manner that the city of Mosul was liberated earlier that month.