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Camp Anaconda/Balad Airbase
Balad airbase is the second busiest airport in the world, trailing only London’s Heathrow Airport. Camp Anaconda is the largest U.S. logistical base in Iraq. The camp is spread over 15 square miles and is being constructed to accommodate 20,000 soldiers. There is a 24 hour gym, lighted outdoor basketball courts, Olympic-sized swimming pool, as well as a chandeliered cinema for the troops. “The closest some troops here come to experiencing the Iraq seen on the evening news is the miniature golf course, which mimics a battlefield with its baby sandbags, little Jersey barriers, strands of concertina wire and, down at the end of the course, what appears to be a tiny detainee cage,” wrote Tom Ricks from the Washington Post.
Al Asad Air Base
About 120 miles west of Baghdad, near the Euphrates town of Khan al-Baghdadi, Al Asad Air Base hosts 17,000 troops, a Burger King, a Pizza Hut and a car dealership, and an internal bus system. The Bush administration requested $39 million the FY 08 budget for new airfield lighting, air-traffic-control systems and upgrades allowing al-Asad to plug into the Iraqi electricity grid — a typical sign of a long-term base.
Green Zone (Baghdad)
The Green Zone in Baghdad includes the main palaces of former President Saddam Hussein. The area at one time housed the Coalition Provisional Authority; and now houses the offices of major U.S. consulting companies and the U.S. embassy—by far the largest embassy in world history that approaches the size of the Vatican, or six times the size of the UN compound in New York.
Originally posted by dragonridr
Having never been to Iraq your doing nothing but gleaming 3rd hand information without ever having seen the area.There fore id say you really don't have the expertise to discuss this topic but thanks for playing.
Originally posted by The Blind Eye
reply to post by Swampfox46_1999
Again the banter you initiate is a huge waste of time and effort, not to mention exhausting and frustrating.
I could go into a whole credibility issue with your sources and posting record, but why present the obvious... and to speak of matters that are or should be "obvious"; if you don't call the bases we have in Deutschland and Japan since WWII "permanent" then what do you call them? ...and what makes you think we won't leave behind the same presence in Iraq?
...if you don't call the bases we have in Deutschland and Japan since WWII "permanent" then what do you call them? ...and what makes you think we won't leave behind the same presence in Iraq?