July 24, the Basmaya camp, located southeast of Iraqi Baghdad, where a foreign contingent of the International Anti-Terrorist Coalition is located, came under fire.
Five homemade rockets were fired, nicknamed “Katyusha” in Iraq.
The Basmaya camp is home to 350 Spanish instructors. Since 2015, Spanish advisers have helped train over 50,000 Iraqi troops.
There are no American troops in Basmai – the US military maintains a presence only in Taji camp north of Baghdad, Ain al-Assad airbase in Anbar and Harir in Erbil.
The irony of the situation is that the shelling occurred after the decision to withdraw the Spanish contingent from Iraq.
July 25, at 9 am local time, the Spanish military contingent is withdrawn from the Basmaya camp.
According to the official statement of the International Coalition, the transfer of the base in Basmai “has been planned in cooperation with the Iraqi government” and is due to “the success of the Iraqi security forces in the campaign against the Islamic State”.
This is the seventh base give it up this year by the International Coalition to the Iraqi side. According to Maj. Gen. Gerald Strickland, deputy strategic commander of Operation Unbreakable Determination, “trained Iraqi troops played a critical role in the liberation of Mosul three years ago.”
The Spanish side, which, along with Portuguese instructors, trained Iraqi cadets, invested $ 4 million in UMB classrooms, barracks, firing ranges, and other facilities, which will be transferred to Iraq. The United States transferred equipment worth $ 1 million.
A total of 12 rotations were performed at the base, during which 5,000 Spanish soldiers performed tasks.