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Subject: Leave Iraq? Hell No, We Won't Go!
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2004 23:32:24 -0500

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January 6- Permanent bases

Leave Iraq? Hell No, We Won't Go!
by Doug Giebel

On April 20, 2003, The New York Times ran a story citing unnamed sources in=
dicating the U.S. military was planning as many as four permanent military =
bases in Iraq. The next day, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld dismissed the story=
 as "inaccurate and unfortunate."

But what did Rumsfeld mean by "inaccurate"? Perhaps it was "unfortunate" fo=
r the administration when the basing plan was leaked to the press. Perhaps =
the plan was deliberately leaked by the Pentagon or White House. The nation=
al media dropped the story after Rumsfeld's disclaimer.

Was the story "inaccurate" because instead of four military installations, =
the government has plans for six bases, as reported on November 19, 2003, b=
y the Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Yawm:

The sources revealed the names of these bases and the planned positions for=
 permanent deployment. They are:

. Al-Habbaniyah Airbase [already an RAF airbase for much of the last centur=
y] near the city of al-Fallujah, 65km west of Baghdad;

. Ash-Sha'biyah Airbase in Basra, 600km south of Baghdad;

. 'Ali ibn Abi Taleb Airbase on the outskirts of the city of an-Nasiriyah, =
400km south of Baghdad;

. al-Walid Airbase about 330km north west of Baghdad;

. al-Ghazlani Camp in the city of Mosul, 400km north of Baghdad;

. A permanent deployment of forces in the east of Iraq in what is known as =
the Hamrin mountain range that extends from Diyala Provice, 60km east of Ba=
ghdad, and borders on Iran and extends to the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 260k=
m north of Baghdad.

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