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H-1 Airbase

H-1 Airbase is located in Southern Iraq. The 2d Air Defense Sector, also known as the Western Air Defense Sector, had a SOC at H-3 Airfield, with IOCs at H-1 Airfield, H-3 Airfield, and Ar Rutbah.

The US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment captured H1 airfield in a night-time parachute assault on 25 March 2003.

A 20 April 2003 report in The New York Times asserted that "the U.S. is planning a long-term military relationship with the emerging government of Iraq, one that would grant the Pentagon access to military bases and project American influence into the heart of the unsettled region." The report, citing anonymous sources, referred to one base at Baghdad's international airport, another near Al-Nasiriyah in the south [presumably meaning Tallil AB], the third at the H-1 airstrip in the western desert, and the fourth at Bashur AB in the north.


Imagery of the H-2 Airbase
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Overview of the Middle East with Iraq in the center

CIA Map of Iraq



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