Coalition ramps down air support in Iraq, shifts to training

In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo, Iraqi army soldier stand guard near a U.S.- made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, 45 mile

In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo, Iraqi army soldier stand guard near a U.S.- made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, 45 mile

In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo, an Iraqi pilot checks a U.S.- made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, 45 miles (75 kilomete

In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo, an Iraqi pilot checks a U.S.- made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, 45 miles (75 kilomete

In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo, U.S. and Iraqi engineers do engine maintenance of a U.S.- made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air

In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo, U.S. and Iraqi engineers do engine maintenance of a U.S.- made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air

In this Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 photo, the commander of the Iraqi Air Force, Gen. Anwar Hama Ameen speaks during a meeting with US Air Force Brig. Gen. A

In this Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 photo, the commander of the Iraqi Air Force, Gen. Anwar Hama Ameen speaks during a meeting with US Air Force Brig. Gen. A

In this Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 photo, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft speaks to the commander of the Iraqi Air Force Gen. Anwar Hama Ameen during

In this Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 photo, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft speaks to the commander of the Iraqi Air Force Gen. Anwar Hama Ameen during

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) — Iraq has claimed victory over the Islamic State group after a bloody 3 1/2-year war, and now the U.S.-led coalition is decreasing air support in the country.

It's the latest indication of the coalition's shrinking footprint amid a drawdown of U.S. forces announced earlier this month.

American and Iraqi air force commanders say the coalition will launch fewer airstrikes in support of Iraqi forces and instead focus more on training Iraqi airmen.

Iraq's air force will assume more of the "missions, duties and responsibilities" to maintain the country's hard-fought victories over IS, according to a statement released by U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

However, Iraq is struggling to fund the Air Force's $1 billion budget as the country is faced with the enormous task of rebuilding in the wake of its military victories.