US coalition forces have never left Kurdistan Region

by Wladimir van Wilgenburg   Reuters  


In a rare press conference in Erbil on Tuesday, Brigadier General Andrew A. Croft, a deputy commander in Operation Inherent Resolve, said that no US-led coalition forces left the Kurdistan region. Even after Baghdad’s last offensive on the disputed territories.

The Iraqi Kurds on the 25th of September held an independence referendum, to which Baghdad responded by taking back most of the areas disputed by Baghdad and the Kurds, such as the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on 16 October. In heavy clashes, both sides lost casualties in areas near Makhmour, and near Rabia.
“There's been no change.  We still have the same forces here, up in Erbil that have been for quite a long time,” Brigadier General Andrew A. Croft told reports.  “So there's been no shift in the force structure or composition here in Erbil or in Kurdistan.  So -- yes, there's been no shift up to this point,” he said.

Nevertheless, the Dutch government said in a statement that the US-led coalition has stopped all Advice and Assist activities in the disputed territories, while training to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces continues.