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US plans a series of military ‘superbases’ in Iraq

Issue No. 2024

As Iraq sinks into chaos, the US military is planning to pull up the drawbridge behind a string of “superbases”.

These bases will be similar to the Crusader castles that dotted the Middle East in the 12th century—heavily armed camps amid a hostile population.

The biggest base constructed so far is at Balad, a sprawling 15 square mile mini-city 43 miles north of Baghdad.

The US airforce base is currently the second busiest airport in the world, with over 27,500 landings and takeoffs a month.

The US is also planning a “super embassy” in the heart of the Iraqi capital.

According to CorpWatch, the new £316 million complex will cover 104 acres on the Tigris river in central Baghdad.

The 1,000 US officials in Iraq will be protected behind 15 foot concrete walls.

They will have access to swimming pools, shopping malls and gyms.

The complex will have its own electricity supply, water and sewage treatment plants, and will be unaffected by the constant power cuts and degenerating water system in the rest of the country.

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Sat 28 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2024
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