Military


Dora Farms

At the time of the 1991 Gulf War, a chemical storage facility was reportedly located east of al-Dora [ad-Dawrah] in southeast Baghdad, bordered by the Tigris River on the east and the Dora expressway on the west. Conventional munitions were also stored at this facility.

On 19 March 2003 communications intercepts suggested Saddam Hussein would be staying at a Tigris River facility known as Dora Farms, which was linked to his wife's family. Subsequent reconnaissance identified guards and vehicles tucked into tree lines on the farm. US forces launched the campaign on 20 March 20003 by firing more than 40 Tomahawk missiles at Dora Farms. Every structure in the compound was destroyed, except one building - the main palace - hidden behind a wall topped with electrified barbed wire. Bunker-busters dropped by F-117 stealth fighters were used on the presumption the compound had underground tunnels where Saddam could be hiding, intelligence officials said. But the weapons targeted on the central palace missed, exploding nearby. There were no bunkers in the Dora Farms area.

Camp/FOB Steel Falcon

By the end of 2003 the Dora Farms site in southern Baghdad housed a major U.S. military base and was sealed off from the public.

Camp Steel Falcon is a Task Force 1st Armored Division forward operating base located in the Al Rashid district of southern Baghdad.

At over 30 feet high, Camp Steel Falcon has some of the tallest guard towers in Baghdad. For the soldiers on guard duty surrounded by steel, mortar, and sandbags, the view from Towers 9 and 10 is inspiring; overlooking the heart of the Al Rashid district in southern Baghdad, each overlooks some of Baghdad's most dangerous roads. Whether the soldiers are in Towers 9 or 10 or stopping and searching vehicles entering the FOB, the guards' diligence and commitment to their task ensures the safety of their fellow soldiers.

In February 2004, medics from V Corps' 1st Armored Division Artillery Combat Team at Camp Steel Falcon guided 66 guardsmen from Iraqi Civil Defense Corps units in the Al Rashid district through the first combat medic course offered in Iraq, using many of the same methods found in the U.S. Army's Combat Lifesaver Course. It was envisioned that after graduating, 50 of the medics would serve in the individual platoons of the 304th ICDC Battalion. The remaining 16 would serve in other ICDC units in the Baghdad area.



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