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An American General Probably Thinks -- "Thanks Trump, for Putting a Target on My Back!"

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... Considered a Navy facility shares runway with DjiboutiAmbouli International Airport.

... 10,335 ft runway.

... Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa operates out of Lemonnier.

... Operations using manned and unmanned aerial vehicles have been based out of Lemonnier, including missions into Yemen.

... China recently opened its first overseas military base adjacent to the Doraleh Port, and very close to Camp Lemonnier. It is believed China will deploy around 1,000 personnel. In May 2017, China began constructing a 330+ meter pier to support its naval vessels.

Egypt

The U.S. military does not maintain combat basing in Egypt, despite the historically robust military cooperation between the countries since the conclusion of the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. The only U.S. military facility in Egypt conducts medical research.

Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3)

... Based in Cairo. ... Facilities for conducting infections disease research and prevention.

... Runs syndrome, pathogen, and vector surveillance networks in Egypt and the region.

... Largest DoD overseas laboratory with biosafety level 3 bio-containment space.

Iraq

Since the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 2011, the U.S. has not maintained permanent facilities in Iraq. As the U.S. presence in Iraq has evolved during the conduct of Operation Inherent Resolve, the primary U.S. presence appears to be located at Al Asad Air Base.

Al Asad Air Base

... Task Force Lion (aka Task Force Al Asad) operates out of Al Asad Air Base in Iraq's western Anbar Province. Task Force Lion advises, assists and "enables" the Iraqi military. Has elements of four of the armed services.

... Colloquially known as "Camp Cupcake" during the Iraq war, due to the prominent amenities. Many of these amenities are no longer available.

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
 
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