U.S.-led coali­tion pulling out of 2nd Iraqi base in planned draw­down

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

QA­YARA AIR BASE, Iraq — The U.S.-led coali­tion on Thurs­day started pulling out of a sec­ond base in Iraq hours after two rock­ets hit in­side Bagh­dad’s heav­ily for­ti­fied Green Zone.

The at­tack in the Iraqi cap­i­tal, the seat of gov­ern­ment and home to the Amer­i­can Em­bassy, was the first fol­low­ing a brief lull in vi­o­lence from ear­lier this month. Iraqi of­fi­cials also said the U.S. re­newed a sanc­tions waiver en­abling Iraq to im­port cru­cial gas and elec­tric­ity from Iran, but with a shorter dead­line.

The pull­out from the Qa­yara air­field in north­ern Iraq is in line with plans to with­draw from bases across Iraq and con­sol­i­date coali­tion forces in Bagh­dad and at Ain al-Asad Air Base in the coun­try’s western desert.

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