Utilizing site abandoned in 1991, U.S. Marines support helo, ground ops throughout Iraq
To better support the ground forces' march to Baghdad, the U.S. Marine Corps has appropriated an Iraqi airfield and is using it to launch attack missions and to support helicopter and ground operations throughout the country. The facility is built around a 9,000-ft. runway, unused since it was first bombed during the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The expeditionary base is serving as a major refueling and rearming point for scores of AH-1W attack helicopters, but also accommodates KC-130 ...
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