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Forward Operating Base Lima in Karbala transferred to Iraqi Security Forces

Multi-National Force-Iraq

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq -- U.S. Forces transferred Forward Operating Base Lima to Iraqi Security Forces Sept. 28 in Karbala.

Iraqi Police, Army commanders and government representatives along with Lt. Col. James Oliver, commander of the 1st Battalion, 198th Armored Brigade, attended the ceremony transferring local security responsibilities to the Iraqi Police and the 4th Brigade, 8th Division, Greater Iraqi Army.

The 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery has assisted the people of Karbala since mid-January, providing security and infrastructure support. Approximately 68 projects totaling $21.5 million have been completed to improve the city. The projects included water, sanitation, education, electrical, medical and humanitarian aid.

The battalion is a U.S. Army unit assigned to the 155th Brigade Combat Team serving with the II Marine Expeditionary Force and has relocated to other bases throughout their area of operations. Sufficient forces remain available to offer any assistance as needed.

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Iraqi Army Soldiers pass in review during a ceremony transferring local security responsibilities to the Iraqi Police and the 4th Brigade, 8th Division, Greater Iraqi Army.

Lt. Col. James Oliver, commander of 1st Battalion 198th Armor, addresses the ceremony attendees at the Karbala Sports Stadium on Sept. 28.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MAJ Erby Montgomery, public affairs officer, 155th BCT, at erby.montgomery@us.army.mil

 



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