On March 22 six Lithuanian soldiers were deployed home from the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). They returned on a direct flight of a Danish Armed Forces aircraft from Denmark to Vilnius, underwent termovisor temperature examination and were taken to the locations where they would carry out self-isolation by a bus that had been prepared for them. Following the procedure applied to every Lithuanian soldier returning from abroad, the troops will stay on self-isolation for 14 days.
The Lithuanian military personnel deployed home because Denmark took a decision to draw out its troops from Al-Asad air base in Iraq together with other countries and to start preparing for the NATO Mission Iraq. Lithuanian troops were serving in composition of the Danish Contingent.
The decision was taken by mutual agreement of the leadership of the mission of Iraq and all the participants of the coalition since the mission activities are on the halt at the moment and no training of Iraqi military is taking place. The epidemiological situation in the whole world has also been a factor in the decision.
Lithuania has been contributing six rotating military instructors to train local Iraqi forces as part of CJTF-OIR since early 2017. They were serving in composition of the Danish Contingent in north-western Iraq, Al-Asad air base.
Lithuania's commitments to coalition partners remain unchanged in the context of redeploying military personnel from Iraq.
Lithuanian troops are currently serving in 10 other NATO, EU, and UK-led international operations.
POC: PAO for the Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Capt Andrius Dilda, +370 686 28035.