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H-3 Airfield Southwest / Al Taba'at Airstrip

The H-3 Southwest airfield is one of three dispersal airfields in the H-3 base cluster located 435 kilometers from Bagdad in western Iraq. The main H3 airfield was originally built to support the H-3 oil pumping station. H-3 Main is supported by two dispersal airfields, H-3 Southwest, and H-3 Northwest, and a Highway strip, 42 kilometers to the west. H-3 Southwest is served by a single 8,200 foot runway and has a parrallel taxiway that could be used as an alternate runway. There are at least 6 hardened aircraft shelters, and 6 revetments.

Chemical weapons were stored at the H-3 airfield (main) during Desert Storm according to declassified U.S. intelligence reports which describe Iraqi efforts to disperse chemical weapons by truck to other locations. The S-shaped bunker located at H-3 airfield (main) and the four at the H-3 ammunition storage facilty were damaged or destroyed during Desert Storm. Of the 22 S-shaped bunkers located across Iraq, 10 had been destroyed as of 8 February 1991. It is not known whether the rest were subsequently destroyed.


Imagery of H-3 Southwest
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Overview of the Middle East with Iraq in the center

CIA Map of Iraq

Tactical Pilotage Chart of the H-3 Base Cluster

Russian 1:200,000 scale map of H-3 Southwest

NIMA CIB imagery of H-3 Southwest, 1995

DOD Released Imagery of H-3 Southwest, courtesy William Arkin

Hardened aircraft shelters and revetments H-3 Southwest.
DOD Released Imagery of H-3 Southwest, courtesy William Arkin

Hardened aircraft shelters and revetments H-3 Southwest.
DOD Released Imagery of H-3 Southwest, courtesy William Arkin



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