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  Al-Faw Peninsula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The al-Faw peninsula (Arabic: شبه جزيرة الفاو; also transliterated as al-Fao or al-Fawr) is a marshy region adjoining the Persian Gulf in the extreme south-east of Iraq, between and to the south-east of the cities of Basra (Iraq) and Abadan (Iran).
The Iranians also used the peninsula as a launch pad for Silkworm missiles which were deployed against shipping and oil terminals in the Persian Gulf, and also against Kuwait, which supported Iraq throughout the war.
The peninsula was one of the first targets of the Allied forces in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, with British troops principally involved.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Al-Faw_peninsula   (613 words)

 Peninsula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A peninsula (Latin, literally meaning almost island) is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body, surrounded by water on three sides.
Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset - the South West Peninsula, or the Westcountry, or Wessex
Virginia Peninsula, Virginia, on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Peninsula   (214 words)

 Untitled Document
Iraqi forces use the Al Faw Peninsula to launch missile attacks against Kuwait and coalition forces in southern Iraq, to ambush troops stationed there or en route to other parts of Iraq and to mine the northern part of the Persian Gulf.
Iraqi leaders refer to both the Al Faw Peninsula and Umm Qasr as an Iraqi Brest Fortress, a reference to a Russian fortress that held fast against superior German forces in the summer of 1941.
The fighting in the peninsula is coming from all sides, and the Iraqi resistance serves as a symbol of strength.
www.cuttingedge.org /news_updates/na786.htm   (1233 words)

 Al-Faw peninsula -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Employing the use of massive artillery barrages, air bombardments, and even (Chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants) chemical weapons, the Iranians were expelled from the peninsula within thirty-five hours, with much of their equipment captured intact.
The 1991 (A war fought between a coalition led by the United States and Iraq to free Kuwait from Iraqi invaders; 1990-1991) Gulf War was fought to the south and west of al-Faw, but the peninsula's military installations were heavily bombed by Allied forces during the conflict.
The peninsula was one of the first targets of the Allied forces in the (additional info and facts about 2003 invasion of Iraq) 2003 invasion of Iraq, with (The people of Great Britain) British troops principally involved.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/a/al/al-faw_peninsula1.htm   (577 words)

 Encyclopedia: Al-Faw peninsula   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Al-Faw (also transliterated as al-Fao or al-Fawr) is a marshy A peninsula is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body that is surrounded by water on three sides.
peninsula jutting into the A satellite image showing the Persian Gulf The Persian Gulf (Persian: خلیج فارس;, Arabic: الخليج الفارسي;) is an extension of the Gulf of Oman in between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran.
Gulf War was fought to the south and west of al-Faw, but the peninsula's military installations were heavily bombed by Allied forces during the conflict.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Al_Faw-peninsula   (1618 words)

 4th Al-Faw Division (Motorized Infantry)
Faw lies in the far south-east of Basra province, and is considered the key to Shat Al Arab, about 90 Km from Basra.
Saddam Hussein vowed to eliminate the bridgehead "at all costs," and in April 1988 the Iraqis succeeded in regaining the Al Faw peninsula.
During the Gulf War, the 1st Subcorps Group, deployed in southern Iraq and northern Kuwait, consisted of two armored units, the Hammurabi and Madina Divisions; one mechanized infantry unit, the Tawakalua Division; and a motorized infantry unit the Al-Faw Division.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/iraq/faw.htm   (183 words)

 House of Commons - Defence - Minutes of Evidence
The beach profile of the Al Faw peninsula is so small as to be negligible, you cannot see that there is a beach profile, in fact, so a conventional landing-craft would have grounded a long, long way out.
There were the guns on the ships which would reach into the bottom right-hand corner of the Al Faw peninsula, and, of course, there were all the airborne assets, fixed-wing and helicopters as well, which could bring fires down in support.
On the bay of the Al Faw peninsula, on the first couple of days, the weather was poor and the operation was brought forward.
www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk /pa/cm200304/cmselect/cmdfence/57/3120306.htm   (2942 words)

 Warships Magazine - Iraq War Special   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The attack was a classic amphibious operation, against beaches south of the Iraqi naval base and oil city of Uum Qasr, which is in turn gateway to the port city of Basra.
By the late afternoon of March 21 it was being reported that the entire peninsula was now secure in the hands of the Royal Marines and US Marines.
The Admiral revealed during a briefing at the Ministry of Defence that the next step would be for the Royal Navy's mine-hunters to move forward and clear the port, to enable relief supplies to be brought in for the Iraqi people.
www.warshipsifr.com /pages/attack_on_iraq_special.html   (1665 words)

 Untitled Document
The questions surrounding a massive breakout of Iraqi troops from the southern city of Basra and a potential southern thrust by columns of Iraqi armor toward the Al Faw Peninsula are finally being answered.
The initial reports of 120 tanks heading south from Basra was accurate at the time of issuing: An embedded reporter was present with command units when radar operators reported a significant column of vehicles moving from the city.
The estimates of 70-120 Iraqi armored vehicles then were relayed to the media and the military, where paraphrases and misinterpretation of the preliminary data led to widespread reports of 120 Iraqi tanks barreling down on British positions on the Al Faw.
www.cuttingedge.org /news_updates/na672.htm   (987 words)

 Scotland on Sunday - International - Missile strike raises doubts over security of Al Faw
COALITION forces last night insisted that the Al Faw peninsula in southern Iraq was secure despite claims that a missile which struck the heart of Kuwait City had been launched from the area.
Witnesses said the Silkworm rocket appeared to fly in over the sea from the direction of the Al Faw peninsula which coalition forces stormed in the first few days of the conflict.
Last night group captain Al Lockwood, spokesman for British forces in Iraq, insisted the area was firmly under coalition control.
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com /international.cfm?id=375732003   (448 words)

 Shatt al Arab, Iraq
Since it is the only outlet to the Persian Gulf, its capture was important in delivering humanitarian aid to the rest of the country, and also to stop the flow of illegal smuggling operations.
The British Royal Marines staged an amphibious assault to capture the key oil installations and shipping docks located on the al-Faw peninsula at the onset of the conflict.
Following the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, the British Forces conducted military patrols along the Shatt al-Arab waterway, and have begun to train Iraqi forces to take over the responsibility of guarding their waterways.
creekin.net /c4466-n88-shatt-al-arab-iraq.html   (835 words)

 The Battle for Al Faw
One of the first objectives of the Coalition campaign in Iraq was to capture the oil industry in the Al Faw peninsula intact before it could be sabotaged or destroyed by the Iraqi military.
Following days of bad weather, the assault on Al Faw was set for 2200 hours(local time) on 20th March 2003.
Plans to land armour by hovercraft were abandoned once engineers discovered extensive mining of the beaches near Al Faw which posed too great a danger to heavy USN hovercraft carrying UK Scimitars.
www.britains-smallwars.com /gulf2/AlFaw.html   (519 words)

 Fighting 13th ashore in Iraq
The 13th MEU (SOC), under the direction of the British-led Multi-National Division (Southeast), is tasked with disrupting oil smuggling and other illegal activities on the peninsula as well as providing medical and dental assistance and other humanitarian aid to the residents of the Al-Faw.
Bordered by the two rivers and the Northern Arabian Gulf, the peninsula was once a thriving marshland, home to one of the world's largest date-growing industries.
The region was devastated when Saddam Hussein dammed the peninsula, destroying the date crop and cutting off one of the largest sources of income for the local population, once referred to as "Marsh Arabs."
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/news/2003/10/mil-031021-mcn03a.htm   (505 words)

 Guardian | UK Marine killed in river ambush
Several others were injured in the attack on the Al Faw peninsula, which came as Royal Marines launched their biggest offensive of the war so far, seizing a suburb of Basra a few miles to the north and capturing a clutch of senior Iraqi army officers, according to the latest reports.
The ambush took place as 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines were clearing the waterways on the Al Faw peninsula, where Iraqi resistance is still holding out in pockets.
The ambush occurred as fierce fighting continued in the satellite town of Abu al Khasib, a few kilometres to the south west of Basra.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4637161-103550,00.html   (427 words)

 Op :: Falconer
At 0604 on March 21 HMAS Anzac (CAPT Peter Lockwood), often called the ‘Lighthorse’, began Naval gunfire in direct support of the British-led Royal Marine 40 Commando assault on Al Faw Peninsula in southern Iraq.
During the bombardment of the AL Faw peninsula, all decks of the ship were protected from small high- speed boats that could be used by Iraqi terrorists to attack the ship.
Throughout the bombartment of the Al Faw peninsula, all of ANZAC's machine guns were manned and ready to engage any high speed suicide boats which could rapidly inflict considerable damage.
www.defence.gov.au /opfalconer/images/gallery/070403/070403.htm   (454 words)

 History of Iran: Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988
The occupation of Al Faw, a logistical feat, involved 30,000 regular Iranian soldiers who rapidly entrenched themselves.
Unable in 1986, however, to dislodge the Iranians from Al Faw, the Iraqis went on the offensive; they captured the city of Mehran in May, only to lose it in July 1986.
Embarrassed by the loss of the peninsula and concerned by the threat to his second largest city, Saddam ordered a change in strategy.
www.iranchamber.com /history/iran_iraq_war/iran_iraq_war2.php   (2410 words)

 42 Cdo Operation Telic
L hour, the time when the first elements were to land on the AFP, was set for 2350z but within minutes of the first wave launching, one USMC Sea Knight helicopter crashed over northern Kuwait, killing all eight 42 Cdo Gp and four USMC aircrew.
The operation to seize the AFP was a complete success and dictated the tempo that the Cdo would continue for the rest of the campaign.
Many PoWs were taken throughout the period we occupied the Al Faw Peninsula and the blocking force we provided in support of 40 Commando was a complete success.
www.onceamarinealwaysamarine.co.uk /42telic.htm   (3825 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | British 'destroy Iraqi column'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Iraqi tanks had left the city and were heading towards the al-Faw peninsula on Thursday morning when UK forces engaged them.
Thought to be Russian-built T-55s, all the tanks were said to have been destroyed in the battle with a similar number of Challenger 2 tanks from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
Wednesday night's attempted breakout from the south-east of Basra was said to be headed for the al-Faw peninsula.
www.warblogging.com /warfarking/mirror/1048774960.html   (839 words)

 Marine Corps News -> Photo Essay - 13th MEU, ESG 1 conduct variety of missions in CentCom AOR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
AL FAW, Iraq - Col. Mike Regner, commanding officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), signs a guest book after touring the medical and dental clinics in Al Faw where his Marines are providing humanitarian support in the local community Oct. 19, 2003.
AL FAW, Iraq - Camp Road Runner supports Marines and Sailors from the Thirteenth Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) who are providing humanitarian assistance operations in the Al Faw peninsula Oct. 15, 2003.
AL FAW, Iraq - Marines and Sailors from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and Expeditionary Strike Group 1 construct a detainee camp used to hold oil smugglers near Al Faw, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oct. 15, 2003.
www.marines.mil /marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/lookupstoryref/20041226261   (1772 words)

 The Battle for Basra
With Umm Qasr and the Al Faw peninsula in coalition hands, the attention of the southern forces and the majority of British forces now switched to Basra.
3 Commando Brigade held the Al Faw peninsula and Umm Qasr, the 16 Air Assault Brigade held the oilfield at Rymayalh which tied down the Iraqi 6th Armoured Division which was north of Basra, preventing it from interfering.
The brigade met stiff resistance in some areas where firefights and hand to hand fighting took place between 30th March and 3rd April until the area was secured.
www.britains-smallwars.com /gulf2/Basra.html   (329 words)

 CNN.com - Transcripts
She is telling us that a British military spokesman has now told her that British forces have launched a move on the southern Al-Faw Peninsula in southern Iraq, a strategic location, British forces moving in on Al-Faw.
And we also heard Secretary of State Powell last month, in his presentation before the United Nations, that he said that Ansar al- Islam, that alleged terrorist organization in northern Iraq, was known, at least some of the people associated with them known to be able to produce these types of chemical weapons, Judy.
So, the French made this discovery on Monday, but they only got the results back today, that two of five bottles discovered inside a locker in the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris were known to have traces of ricin inside.
edition.cnn.com /TRANSCRIPTS/0303/20/se.11.html   (4015 words)

 Warships Magazine - Iraq War Special 3rd April 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
It was while marines from 40 Commando's Alpha Company were fighting to clear out the headquarters of the regime in one settlement that a gas canister exploded, causing burns to three of the commandos involved.
By late March, 40 Commando was in a position south of Basra, protecting approaches to the al-Faw Peninsula and was notified to stand-by for a possible attack by an Iraqi armoured column.
One worrying development on the night of March 28/29 was the firing of a missile, possibly from somewhere in the al-Faw Peninsula, against Kuwait.
www.warshipsifr.com /pages/attack_on_iraq_special1.html   (2240 words)

 Royal Navy: Recent News
The helicopter was engaged in an operation led by 3 Commando Brigade on the Al Faw peninsula in south-eastern Iraq.
At approximately 2000 hours British time yesterday, 40 Commando began an assault on the southern tip of the peninsula, using support helicopters from Kuwait and from the Amphibious Task Group in the North Arabian Gulf.
In addition, this morning, 42 Commando deployed by British aircraft to a blocking position north of the Al Faw.
www.royal-navy.mod.uk /content/138_6158_678_0.html   (276 words)

 The Adventures of Chester: Our Schemes and Theirs
After 9-11, the Coalition was forced to use Djibouti as a base to secure the shipping lanes on the Western side of the Arabian Peninsula, and to interdict the movement of terrorists into and out of the region.
Wasn't it al Qaeda that was the target in the Horn of Africa?
He focused especially on the U.S. presence in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, and Afghanistan, unqualified support for Israel, as well as support for Muslim tyrannies in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere.
www.theadventuresofchester.com /archives/2005/03/our_schemes_and.html   (3339 words)

 Media Releases
And that was fairly important into providing greater coverage along the Al Faw and to providing some redundancy if the weather took a hand in operations and curtailed any flying ops or indeed curtailed some of the operations from the Kuwait side.
In terms of the support to the marines on the Al Faw Peninsula, as it all turned out, the Naval gunfire support was fairly critical.
What was found was that the landing craft going on to the Al Faw Peninsula were constrained and in fact stopped because the Iraqis had mined the foreshore.
www.defence.gov.au /media/DeptTpl.cfm?CurrentId=2633   (5020 words)

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