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... Two 13,124 foot runways.

... Some Danish military personnel part of training mission for the Iraqi Security Forces.

Israel

The U.S. has long maintained a security relationship with Israel, and in recent years has partnered to develop systems like the Iron Dome air defense system. Ships of the U.S. 6th fleet frequently make port visits to Haifa, but the building of U.S. facilities in Israel is new. U.S. deployments to Israel are small and intended to support anti-ballistic missile emplacements.

Dimona Radar Facility

... AN/TPY-2 Radar system, a type of X-Band Radar.

... Used to spot potential incoming ballistic missiles from Iran.

Mashabim Air Base/Bisl'a Aerial Defense School

... Run by EUCOM.

... Contains a Living Facility which houses 40 soldiers serving the missile defense mission.

Jordan

The U.S. presence in Jordan has expanded with the evolution of Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS, with forces located at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base. Publicly available commercial satellite imagery indicates the presence of potential U.S. reaper drones at other bases in Jordan, but this is not acknowledged by the United States. U.S. military cooperation with Jordan is close. Most recently, U.S. troops participated in the "Eager Lion" exercises, involving several thousand U.S. Marines training alongside Jordanian troops.

Muwaffaq Salti Air Base (Azraq)

... U.S. allocated $143 million for upgrades and expansion in 2018.

... The pace of operations against ISIS has strained physical capacity of the base. Limited ramp space restricts operations, and facilities for handling cargo and personnel are limited as well.

... Hosts multiple coalition partners, including Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

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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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