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Al Sijood Presidential Site

This site in Baghdad was visited on 1 and 2 April 1998 and work proceeded smoothly with the cooperation of the Iraqi authorities. Initial disagreement between UNSCOM and the Iraqi authorities over the boundaries of the site were resolved through the use of GPS. In one isolated incident a request for a file was delayed.

UN weapons inspectors visited this site on 02 December 2002. The weapons inspectors in Iraq tested their new authority to go anywhere they wished. At nine o'clock in the morning, six white U-N vehicles rolled up to the gates of one of President Saddam Hussein's eight presidential palaces. It marked the first unannounced inspection of a presidential site in Iraq. Security guards at the palace reportedly radioed for authorization, and within minutes the inspectors were inside. Meanwhile, a second group of inspectors entered the palace through a different gate. The inspectors spent about two-hours in the facility and left without making any comments.

The probe at the Sijood site, located on the west bank of the Tigris River in Baghdad, was the first inspection of a presidential site since the return of the inspectors to Iraq, according to a UN spokesman. The inspection team was able to enter the site within a few minutes. Although the site was frozen during the inspection in order to avoid any exit, senior Iraqi officials were allowed to enter. When the inspection was finished, the freeze was lifted. Access to the entire site was provided without difficulty, and the planned inspection activity was completed, the spokesman reported.

When inspection teams were last in Iraq in the 1990s, the issue of access to presidential palaces caused major confrontations between Iraq and the inspectors. At that time, a deal was worked out allowing the inspectors inside the palaces, but only with advance notice. UN inspectors complained of a lack of Iraqi cooperation and in December 1998 were withdrawn just prior to US and British air strikes. The current inspection teams are working under a UN Security Council resolution that provides for full and unobstructed access to any site they wish to visit.

Camp Union I (Camp Al-Tawheed Al-Awal)
Camp Greywolf

In mid-September 2004, as part of an Army-wide effort to give its facilities around Baghdad friendlier connotations, and to try to resolve the issue of constantly-changing facility names, Camp Greywolf was renamed Union I, with its Arabic translation "Camp Al-Tawheed Al-Awal".

Camp Greywolf is bordered by smaller housing facilities, Camp Warrior, and FOB Trojan Horse. It is near Camp Iron Horse, itself also located in Baghdad's Green Zone and approximately 10 miles from Camp Slayer.

Camp Union II (Camp Al-Tawheed Al-Thani)
Camp Warrior

In mid-September 2004, as part of an Army-wide effort to give its facilities around Baghdad friendlier connotations, and to try to resolve the issue of constantly-changing facility names, Warrior was renamed Union II, with its Arabic translation "Camp Al-Tawheed Al-Thani".

Camp Warrior is one of may smaller camps dotting the Green Zone area of Baghdad. The facility borders Camp Greywolf.

The facility served as the home to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th Infantry Brigade during its deployment in support of OIF-II, and attached to the 3rd BCT, 1st Cavalry Division. The facility is located on the grounds of the al Sijood palace, apparently adjacent to Camp Greywolf. Out of this facility, the units patrolled the Green Zone.

Camp Warrior has a swimming pool, and an Internet café located on the bottom floor of one of the facility buildings.

According to a late-May 2004 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette report, the facility's gates have been hit multiple times by car bombs.

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