The Abu Ghurayb palace in Baghdad is the home of Cobra Base, headquarters of Coalition Joint Task Force-7 [CJTF-7]. The security and access control of Cobra Base is important, since it is a chief meeting ground for military and civilian officials and dignitaries. CJTF-7 headquarters was previously named the Coalition Forces Land Component Command and was the headquarters unit responsible for all land combat unit operations. In early April 2003 the CJTF 7 the Abu Ghurayb North Palace became the headquarters of Lt. Gen. John McKiernan, chief of US Central Command's ground forces. The CJTF 7 headquarters brought along its very own self-sufficient medical facility called the Cobra Base Medical Aid Station.
On 30 April 2003 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld met top US commanders at their base in Abu Ghraib. At that time some 12,000 US troops were deployed in Baghdad, patrolling the streets of the capital with the help of Iraqi police volunteers.
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