posted on Feb, 13 2015 @ 12:28 AM
This thread is ridiculous. Al Asad is a huge airbase taken over and refurbished by US forces at the beginning of the engagement. It is not some tiny
base and the approach is difficult. Not the terrain itself, it's a plane, and probably the least rugged place in Iraq. but the fact that you don't
even need satellite imagery to see an invading force capable of damaging the complex. It's why we took it over, even after we dropped bunker-busters
through all the hardened aircraft hangars (HAZs). It is very difficult to aggress, because the base itself sits in a bowl in the desert, and the
terrain nearby is pretty flat. The few times Al Asad was attacked were acts of sabotage (a third-world national was leveraged into blowing up the
front-gate check-point when bringing a busload of TCNs onbase), or mostly random rpg fire, fired from the back of trucks, bouncing along a 'highway'
that was realistically to distant from the base to have a legitimate chance of hitting inside (they occasionally did though, again, big base, so
you're going to land something in that barrel every once in a while. No way to mark and no stability meant if any damage sustained was important or
personell injured, was pretty low)
Just for an idea of how big this base is, at the time I was there, the flightline supported like 10 squadrons on the lanes, AV8Bs, F18s, 130s,
etc...and there were more helo squadrons in the bowl. It takes a big base and flightline to support that much, and it admittedly became a little
crowded. This story is not realistic.
Most realistic scenario: Some tiny assault happened. As I described earlier, these things would happen quite often when we first took the base. The
assaults were mostly aimless, resulted in really no damage or casualties, and were generally suicidal and pointless in premise. Also, the Iraqi Force
training thing...doesn't wash for me. We never did that there. It's a big thoroughfare for operations and firepower (literally every peice of
ordnance dropped in Iraq, if it wasn't built and dropped by aircraft from that base, went through that base at one time).
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