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Subject: MILITARY FACILITIES
Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence
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DEC 90
MILITARY FACILITIES IN IRAQ:
LOCATIONS OF IRAQI AIR BASES AND AMMO/WEAPONS STORAGE FACILITIES
MUSOL - A LARGE AIRBASE AND AN ARMS STORAGE AREA
QAIYARA - AIRBASE
TIKRIT - A VERY LARGE AIRBASE
"H-3" - EXCEPT FOR THE AIRBASE IN BAGHDAD, H-3 IS THE
LARGEST AIRBASE IN IRAQ, HOUSING AS MANY AS 200 AIRCRAFT IN
UNDERGROUND HANGARS. OVER 12,000 ARMY TROOPS ARE LOCATED AT H-3.
IN THE
DESERT ABOUT 20 KILOMETERS FROM H-3 IS A LARGE UNDERGROUND BOMB
STORAGE AREA.
THERE IS ANOTHER AIRBASE IN THE DESERT AREA
BETWEEN THE CITIES OF AKKASHAD, HADITHA AND RUTBA.
KARKUK - AN AIRBASE WITH 6 - 7 SQUADRONS OF AIRCRAFT.
ARBEL - A SMALL AIRPORT WITH NO AIRCRAFT PERMANENTLY
ASSIGNED THERE, BUT COULD BE USED AS AN AIRSTRIP IN TIME OF WAR.
AL RASHEED - LARGEST AIRBASE IN IRAQ, NEAR BAGHDAD.
AL TAJI - AN AIRBASE AND ONE OF THE LARGEST ARMY CAMPS
WITH AN AMMUNITION DUMP/STORAGE AREA.
THERE IS AN AIRBASE MAINLY FOR BOMBERS
BETWEEN BAGHDAD AND SOWARA, ABOUT 15 - 20 KILOMETERS FROM AL
RASHEED AIRBASE, ACROSS THE TIGRES RIVER.
KUOT - AN AIRBASE ABOUT IO KM FROM THE TOWN.
NASIRIYA - AN AIRBASE
SHAIBA - AN AIRBASE
NEAR SHIBA, ABOUT 15 - 20 KM AWAY THERE
ARE THE GABAL SANAN MOUNTAINS, THE ONLY MOUNTAIN RANGE IN THIS
AREA. THERE ARE ROCKET/MISSLE BASES ON THESE MOUNTAINS
THERE ARE MANY UNDERGROUND STORAGE
FACILITIES FOR AMMUNITION AND ROCKETS IN THE REGION BETWEEN THE
GABAL SANAN MOUNTAINS AND THE TWO CITIES OF SHAIBA AND ZUBAIR.
THERE ARE UNDERGROUND AMMUNITION STORAGE FACILITIES NEAR
TAJI AIRBASE, ABOUT 45 KM NORTH OF BAGHDAD, 2 - 3 KM NORTH OF THE
OIL REFINERY IN THIS AREA.,
AL JALOWLAA ARMY CAMP - LOCATED 162 KM NORTHEAST OF
BAGHDAD, THERE ARE UNDERGROUND AMMUNITION AND ARMS STORAGE
FACILITIES LOCATED THERE.
BAB AL SINJAR - A BASE THAT WAS FORMERLY USED BY THE
BRITISH IN WORLD WAR II, THIS FACILITY IS LOCATED ABOUT 15 KM ALONG
THE ROAD FROM THE CITY OF MUSOL HEADING TOWARDS SYRIA ON THE LEFT
SIDE. ARMY WEAPONS ARE STORED UNDERGROUND THERE.
HABBANIYA AIR BASE - PREVIOUSLY A BRITISH AIR BASE, IT
HOUSES THE LARGEST AIRSTRIP IN IRAQ. SOVIET TRI-ENGINE AIRCRAFT
CALLED "BOSHER" (PHONETIC) ARE HOUSED THERE. THIS AREA IS
SURROUNDED BY A SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE SYSTEM. THERE ARE ROCKET
STORAGE FACILITIES IN THE HILLS SURROUNDING THE AIRBASE.
THE UNDERGROUND STORAGE FACILITIES IN
THE TAJI AND AKOUT AREAS HAVE OCTAGONAL TOPS THAT PROTRUDE A METER
OR SO ABOVE GROUND. ROADS LEADING TO THE FACILITY ENTRANCE ARE
QUITE NOTICABLE AS THE ROADS END AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE FACILITY.
ARMY BASES
MUSOL - GHAZLANY ARMY BASE, A DIVISION HQS
KAKUK - 2ND DIVISION HQS
ARBIL - 2 - 3 BRIGADES OF ARMY TROOPS
SULAINANIYA - 5 BATTALIONS
BAKUBA - I ST DIVISION HQS, 80 KM NORTHEAST OF BAGHDAD
TAJI - LARGE ARMY HQS
KADHMIYA AREA - 1 - 3 BRIGADES
RASHEED ARMY BASE - ONE FULL DIVISION
KUT - ARMY BASE NEAR THE TOWN
AMARA - ARMY BASE NEAR THE TOWN
NASIRIYA - ARMY BASE NEAR THE TOWN, LESS THAT A FULL
DIVISION
DIWANIYA - ARMY BASE, A FULL DIVISION
BASARA - QASSIM ARMY CAMP, SHEBA ARMY CAMP. NEARBY
"HORSE RACE" ARMY CAMP WITH HALF A DIVISION.
CHEMICAL AGENTS/WEAPONS PLANTS AND FACTORIES
SAMARA - THERE IS A LARGE PHARMACEUTICAL/DRUG FACTORY AT
THIS SITE. SOUTHWEST OF SAMARA ABOUT 10 KM AWAY IS A LARGE
CHEMICAL FACTORY WHICH PRODUCES CHEMICAL BOMBS MUNITIONS.
THE WORKERS AT THIS FACTORY SPEND TWO DAYS IN THE FACTORY
FOLLOWED BY TWO DAYS IN A NERABY HOSPITAL AND THEN THREE DAYS AT
HOME, BEFORE REPEATING THIS CYCLE. ALL WORKERS ARE SOLDIERS, NO
CIVILIANS. THEY ARE WELL FED AND CARED FOR. WHEN AT THE FACTORY
THEY MUST WORK 10 HOURS A DAY.
THERE IS A HIGH MORTALITY RATE
AMONG THE WORKERS THERE.
BAIJI - ABOUT 15 KM FROM BAIJI HEADING TOWARDS MUSOL ON THE
RIGHT IS A FACTORY SURROUNDED BY AN EARTHEN WALL. ALTHOUGH LISTED
AS AN ALUMINUM FACTORY IT ACTUALLY PRODUCES CHEMICAL AGENTS.
SOLDIERS, WEARING BADGES, NOT CIVILIANS WORK AT THIS FACILITY.
ARMY FACTORIES FOR BOMBS, ROCKETS AND AMMO
IN THE YOUSIFIYA-MAHMODIYA-HASWA AREA ABOUT 50 KM
OUTSIDE BAGHDAD ON THE ROUTE TO KARBALA OR BABYLON NEAR THE AL
FARAT RIVER THERE IS AN AREA ABOUT 30 KM LONG ABOUT 15 KM FROM THE
ROAD WHICH HOUSES MANY ARMY FACTORIES
WORKERS AT THESE FACTORIES ARE
NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE IRAQ FOR FIVE YEARS AFTER COMPLETING THEIR
WORK THERE.
MUSYAB - AMMO FACILITY.
BASARA - KHOR AL ZUBAIR STEEL FACTORY WHICH PRODUCES
STEEL PLATES FOR ROCKETS; UM QASSIR, A STEEL PIPE FACTORY.
NASSIRIYA - A STEEL CABLE FACTORY.
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