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Kirkuk Air Base

Kirkuk Airbase is located in northern Iraq approximately 240 kilometers north of Baghdad on the west side of the city of Kirkuk. It is located 1.6 km west of Kirkuk. The airfield is served by 2 main runways measuring 9,700 and 8,400 feet. It had one 2,800 meters asphalt and one 2,325 meters graded earth runway and one 2,900 m runway under construction by 1991. According to the "Gulf War Air Power Survey", Kirkuk Air Base had 24 hardened aircraft shelters. At the each end of the main runway were hardened aircraft shelters knowns as "trapezoids" or "Yugos" which were build by Yugoslavian contractors some time prior to 1985. Kirkuk Airbase occupied a 9 square kilometer site and was protected by 12 kilometers of security perimeter.

Prior to 2003, the facility was a major Iraqi Air Force base with support facilities for at least 2 fighter squadrons. It was strategically located near the Kirkuk oil fields and the Kirkuk refinery and petrochemical plant. Kirkuk Air Base was said to be home to a Sector Operations Center and an Intercept Operations Center.

After the US invasion in 2003, the facility became home to a US Air Force airbase (referred to informally at least initially as "Krabtown") and Army logisitcal hub (FOB Warrior). As of April 2005, there were about 1,000 U.S. Air Force and 2,500 Army personnel stationed at Kirkuk. Another 1,500 people, mostly non-Iraqis, were employed at the base.




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