Czech Troops Resumed Operations in Iraq

 04. 10. 2020      category: Army of the Czech Republic

On October 1, 2020, the Army of the Czech Republic resumed their deployment in the foreign missions OIR (Operation Inherent Resolve) and NMI (NATO Mission in Iraq) in Iraq. A total of six soldiers of the 5th ACR Task Force in Iraq work in the positions of specialists at the headquarters of both missions.

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Picture: On October 1, 2020, the Army of the Czech Republic resumed their deployment in the foreign missions OIR (Operation Inherent Resolve) and NMI (NATO Mission in Iraq) in Iraq. (illustrative photo) | army.cz

In March 2020, the Army of the Czech Republic temporarily suspended the deployment of the 4th ACR Task Force in Iraq. The Fourth Task Force of the Czech Armed Forces in Iraq consists of soldiers holding various positions in international staffs at the headquarters of the OIR (Operation Inherent Resolve) and NMI (NATO Mission Iraq) missions and members of the training units of the Chemical Army and the Military Police. "We are temporarily withdrawing our troops due to significant restrictions placed on the performance of operational tasks. The reasons include security threats, the current coronavirus pandemic and also the planned restructuring of both missions," said Major General Josef Kopecký, Commander of the Operations Command. This measure was valid until a decision was issued by NATO and US CENTCOM Strategic Commands.

In the NMI mission, the Army of the Czech Republic has maintained an advisory position. As part of the aforementioned restructuring, the involvement of the Czech Army in the OIR operation has changed.
The commander of the 5th ACR Task Force in Iraq is in the position of an educational advisor for the Iraqi armed forces. Other members of the unit perform advisory activities in selected specializations, such as engineering, aviation or liaison.

A new deployment of the ACR task force in Iraq is planned in rotations after six months.