The US-led training effort aimed at combating ISIS has been suspended due to COVID-19, according to a defense official.
“To prevent potential spread of COVID-19, Iraqi Security Forces and coalition forces have stopped all training. That has led to the repositioning of some training forces for force protection and operational continuity; some trainers will depart Iraq in the coming days and weeks,” a US defense official told CNN.
The official added that the US-led coalition “remains committed to the lasting defeat of ISIS and if the situation allows training will resume“
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting the US military in places like Iraq and Afghanistan as measures to prevent its spread have caused the US to limit its activities including operations to help counter ISIS.