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Old 27-02-2015, 01:03 AM   #15
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Joint Base Balad,formerly Balad Air Base and Logistics Support Area Anaconda, or simply LSA Anaconda - formerly known as Al-Bakr Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة البكر الجوية‎)and known in popular media as Camp Anaconda - was one of the largest United States military bases in Iraq during the Iraq War.. It was formerly the largest Iraqi Air Force base during the Saddam Hussein era..Located near Balad, Iraq in the Sunni Triangle 40 miles (64 km) north of Baghdad..As American forces left Iraq, Joint Base Balad was returned to the Iraqi Air Force in December 2011..

U.S. soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Anaconda..

Joint Base Balad was formerly known as al-Bakr AB, named in honor of Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, the president of Iraq from 1968-79.. It was considered by many in the Iraqi military to be the most important airfield of the Iraqi Air Force.. During most of the 1980s, it operated with at least a brigade level force, with two squadrons of MiG-23 fighters.. al-Bakr AB was especially well known for the large number of hardened aircraft shelters (HAS) built by the Yugoslavs during the Iran-Iraq War in the mid-1980s. It had four hardened areas—one each on either end of the main runways—with approximately 30 individual aircraft shelters..The Army's 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the Air Force's 332d Air Expeditionary Wing were headquartered at JBB..Camp Anaconda has also been more colloquially-termed "Life Support Area Anaconda" or the "Big Snake"..It housed 28,000 military personnel and 8,000 civilian contractors.. Like most large bases in Iraq, LSA Anaconda offered amenities, circa 2006 and later, including a base movie theater, (Sustainer Theater) two base PX's, fast food courts including Popeyes, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell (2007), Burger King,Green Beans Coffee, a Turkish Cafe with Turkish food prepared by Turks, an Iraqi Bazaar which sold bootleg movies, Cuban cigars, and fake name brand watches, multiple gyms, dance lessons, an olympic size swimming pool, and an indoor swimming pool..Although whiskey, coffee and cream are the basic ingredients in all Irish coffee, variations in preparation exist.. The choice of coffee and the methods used for brewing it differ significantly...

1861 characterized map of Scott's Anaconda plan..

Starting in 2003, several mortar rounds and rockets were fired per day, usually hitting the empty space between the runways, although there were isolated injuries and fatalities.. By mid-2006, this rate had dropped about 40%.. Due to these attacks, the soldiers and airmen refer to the base as "Mortaritaville", though this name is shared with other bases in Iraq..Joint Base Balad had a burn pit operation as late as the summer of 2008 burning 147 tons of waste per day when the Army Times published a major story about it and about health concerns. Respiratory difficulties and headaches were reported.. also home to the Air Force Theater Hospital, a Level I trauma center which boasts a 98% survival rate for wounded Americans and Iraqis alike..The base came under attack by ISIS militants in late June 2014, with the insurgents launching mortar attacks and reportedly surrounding the base of 3 sides..The base is due to be home to Iraqi Air Force's General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon's..

The Anaconda Plan or Scott's Great Snake is the name widely applied to an outline strategy for subduing the seceding states in the American Civil War.. Proposed by General-in-Chief Winfield Scott, the plan emphasized the blockade of the Southern ports, and called for an advance down the Mississippi River to cut the South in two.. Because the blockade would be rather passive, it was widely derided by the vociferous faction who wanted a more vigorous prosecution of the war, and who likened it to the coils of an anaconda suffocating its victim.. The snake image caught on, giving the proposal its popular name..Where is Mr. Hardy?. I haven't seen him in the past 3 weeks..The facility consists of individual windowless concrete cells, each illuminated by a single light bulb glowing 24 hours a day... Dan, what are you doing here?..I'm here to try out my sea legs..Look at you! Glowing like a solar fire..You're gonna rattle the stars, you are!..

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