Baghdad: Green Zone explosions

greenzone entrance

Iraqi security forces close a main road leading to the Green Zone while anti-government protesters gather for a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, October 3, 2019

Overnight, explosions were heard in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, where government offices and foreign embassies are located.
The US-led coalition fighting the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq said none of its facilities were hit and that Iraqi security forces were investigating the blasts.

The IS group has suffered major losses, but its predecessor the Islamic State of Iraq likewise appeared on the ropes after Sunni Muslim tribesmen turned against the jihadists, switching sides to join US “surge” of troops in 2007-2008 to deal them a body blow.  Office of Inspector General

[November 13 2014]
On October 15 the Provincial Council of Al-Anbar announced that 100 US military advisors have arrived in the province and will be training Iraqi soldiers and volunteers of the tribal force to fight ISIS.
The head of the council Sabah Karhoot said, “100 US military advisors arrived today in Al-Jabbana base in eastern Ramadi and Ain al-Asad base in western Ramadi.”

Camp Habbaniyah

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May 2007 view of the RAF Habbaniyah Olympic pool

After 2003, the former British airfield was used by both the United States Armed Forces and the New Iraqi Army as a forward operating base, and is now known as Camp Habbaniyah. From this outpost, combat operations are run from the outskirts of Fallujah to the outskirts of Ramadi. Since 2006 Camp Habbaniyah has grown into a Regional Training and Regional Support Center as well as the headquarters for the Iraqi Army 1st Division. On going Coalition and Iraqi construction projects have revitalized much of the base.
In December 2008, the U.S. Army and all civilian contractors departed Camp Habbaniyah. U.S. Marines had stayed behind to provide the Iraqi Army with additional perimeter security until a time TBD.
In 1952 a second airfield was built on the plateau to cope with the long range and jet aircraft using the base (this subsequently became the Iraqi Air Force Al Taqaddum airbase). [2009] Drawdown operations are in full swing at Camp Al Taqaddum, a base located about 50 miles west of Baghdad in western Al Anbar province. Before the base was in the hands of American military commanders, it was used as an Iraqi Air Force base during former president Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Today it is a vastly developed base that occupies approximately 12 miles of desert land.
Lately forklifts, flatbed trucks and tow vehicles have been the main source of traffic aboard the base as units continuously send equipment and gear to Afghanistan or back to the states.

bush alasad

President George W. Bush waves after arriving at Al Asad Airbase, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, Monday, September 3, 2007. The greeting party from left are Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Corps, General David Petraeus, Commander, Multi-National Force Iraq, Admiral William Fallon, Commander US Central Command, General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary pf State Condoleezza Rice.

Like other large bases in Iraq, Al Asad offered amenities including an indoor swimming pool, movie theater, post office, Morale, Welfare and Recreation center, several gyms,Post Exchange, Burger King, Cinnabon, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Subway Restaurant, and a Green Beans Coffee Shop. The base is self-sufficient for producing drinking water, having both a reverse osmosis water purification plant and a bottling plant. Most of the housing on base are “cans”, shipping containers converted to, or manufactured as, living areas. Some of the original barracks still remain, however, and were used as well. Overflow tents were used when required, such as transition periods, which can nearly double the number of troops on the base.

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