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  Baghdad International Airport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The airport and the surrounding military perimeter are referred to as BIAP (buy-op) by coalition civil and military authorities.
Saddam International Airport was constructed with the assistance of French firms between 1979 and 1982 at a cost of over nine hundred million dollars.
However, the airport's perimeter is regularly threatened by Iraqi insurgents; aircraft taking off and landing at the airport climb and descend in a spiral pattern directly over the airport in order to avoid coming within range of small arms and missiles on the ground.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Saddam_International_Airport   (1159 words)

  
 The battle for Saddam International Airport
Abu Ghraib is a district near to the airport.
The United States also claimed today to have positioned 7,000 troops at Saddam International Airport and is moving quickly to establish a small military base there, a military official told Reuters.
Colonel John Peabody, commander of the Engineer Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, said US forces were massed at the airport, 20 kilometres southwest of the centre of the Iraqi capital and that a combat engineering unit would go there to clear debris, carry out repairs and prepare the runway.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article2633.htm   (395 words)

  
 CNN.com - Transcripts
Once the airport is secured it can be used as a base of operations and Pentagon officials also confirm that the runways of the airport were not targeted in recent air strikes so that the U.S. will be able to use them quickly as soon as they secure the entire facility.
ZAIS: Absolutely and Saddam International Airport is critical because it facilitates bringing in re-supplies and critical supplies, parts and evacuation of any casualties that we may incur.
Saddam International Airport, the major international airport, right outside of Baghdad, 10 or 12 miles, indeed, outside of Baghdad, now U.S. forces in control, apparently, at that airport.
cnnstudentnews.cnn.com /TRANSCRIPTS/0304/03/wbr.00.html   (7472 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | Middle East | Airport a 'perfect base'
Saddam International Airport - renamed by the Americans as Baghdad International Airport - is of major strategic importance.
Like an island surrounded by outlying fields, the airport is just 20 kilometres (12 miles) to the southwest of Baghdad with an approach road that runs straight to the heart of the capital.
The airport's main runway, at about 13,000 feet, is long enough to land the military's biggest transport aircraft, as well as civilian jumbo jets.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/2916251.stm   (691 words)

  
 Reports Of Airport Assault Premature - Fisk
And all I could hear was the distant whisper of high-flying jets and the chatter of the flocks of birds which have nested near the airport car park on this, the first day of real summer in Baghdad.
And there were no Americans, no armour, not a soul around the runways of the airport whose namesake, in poster form, sat nonchalantly in the arrivals lounge in a business suit, cigar in hand.
Indeed, Saddam Hussein International Airport looked as if it was enduring an industrial strike (let us not conceive of such an event in Saddam's Iraq) rather than an imminent takeover by the world's only superpower.
www.rense.com /general36/reportsofairport.htm   (1128 words)

  
 OregonLive.com: Outdoors
Saddam International Airport was promptly renamed Baghdad International Airport by the U.S. military.
The attack on the airport a mere 10 miles southwest of central Baghdad began at dusk Thursday with units of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division moving in to seize the main, 13,000-foot runway.
Securing the airport was a key first objective for infantry and Marines converging on the capital.
www.oregonlive.com /outdoors/index.ssf?/news/0404airport.html   (1071 words)

  
 WSVN-TV - America at War - Saddam's Biggest Airport Envisioned As Coalition 'Superbase' On Baghdad's Doorstep
American strategists prize the airport's main runway because it is long enough at 13,000 feet to land the military's largest transport planes as well as civilian jumbo jets.
The airport is about 10 miles from the heart of Baghdad and is adjacent to the Radwaniyah presidential site, which served as Saddam's main residence.
Although Saddam International is the country's largest airport, not a single airplane touched down there for most of the 1990s.
www.wsvn.com /news/articles/iraq/C17137   (935 words)

  
 Baghdad International Airport [BIAP], formerly Saddam International Airport (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Saddam International Airport is located approximately 16 kilometers West of Baghdad.
The airfield is a joint civil-military airport, with a civil international terminal on one side and a smaller military ramp on the other.
The airport is served by a Class I runway 13,000 feet long and a second runway on the military side of the airfield measuring 8,800 feet.
www.globalsecurity.org.cob-web.org:8888 /military/world/iraq/saddam-iap.htm   (2869 words)

  
 Boston.com / War in Iraq
A Reuters correspondent at the airport said he heard anti-aircraft and artillery fire from western districts of Baghdad a while after the plane landed, but this appeared random rather than aimed specifically at the airport.
Analysts have said the airport is a key strategic catch for U.S.-led forces in their 18-day-old campaign to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Once cleared and fully secured, the airport is likely to be used to bring in troops, equipment and supplies, easing pressure on a long and vulnerable supply chain that stretches to Kuwait in the south.
www.boston.com /news/daily/06/airport_attack.htm   (491 words)

  
 CNN.com - Ground troops clash over Baghdad airport - Apr. 4, 2003
With U.S. boots on the ground at Saddam International Airport, sustained explosions rocked Baghdad on Friday morning, illuminating the darkened capital where the electric power is off and the power of the regime might be fading.
American armored divisions launched the assault on the airport, 12 miles from the center of the Iraqi capital, as U.S.-led coalition troops advanced on the city.
The airport would likely be used as a staging ground for helicopters and aircraft to aid movement of troops around the capital.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/04/03/sprj.irq.war.main/index.html   (1292 words)

  
 US troops looted Iraq airport: Time
What was then called Saddam International Airport fell to soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division on April 3.
Time says its photographer, who flew out of the airport on April 12, saw wrecked furniture and English-language graffiti throughout the airport office building, as well as a sign warning that soldiers caught vandalizing or looting would be court-martialed.
Of the 10 Iraqi Airways jets on the tarmac when the airport fell, five were found to be serviceable in a US inspection in early May: three 727s, a 747 and a 737.
www.rediff.com /us/2003/jul/07iraq1.htm   (658 words)

  
 Saddam Hussein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Saddam was deposed by the United States and its allies during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and captured by U.S. forces on December 13, 2003.
Saddam Hussein was born in the town of Al-Awja, 8 miles (13 km) from the Iraqi town of Tikrit, to a family of shepherds.
Saddam's organizational prowess was credited with Iraq's rapid pace of development in the 1970s; development went forward at such a fevered pitch that two million persons from other Arab countries and Yugoslavia worked in Iraq to meet the growing demand for labor.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/Saddam_Hussein   (10279 words)

  
 Portsmouth Herald World News: Tanks from the U.S. Third Division enter Saddam International Airport
Tanks of the U.S. 3rd Division rumbled through the entrance of the sprawling Saddam International Airport, past a building-high portrait of the saluting Iraqi president.
The airport is a key first objective for infantry and Marines converging on the capital from the south.
Johnson said the west end of the airport, has military barracks and, in the past, had armored personnel carriers and tanks.
www.seacoastonline.com /2003news/04042003/world/21161.htm   (1065 words)

  
 Baghdad Airport may be coalition 'superbase'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
For the US-led forces on Baghdad's doorstep, Saddam International Airport is potentially a massive military base for bringing in weapons and troops and channeling aid to the Iraqi people.
American strategists prize the airport's main runway because it is long enough at 13,000 feet (3,900 meters) to land the military's largest transport planes as well as civilian jumbo jets.
The airport is about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the heart of Baghdad and is adjacent to the Radwaniyah presidential site, which served as Saddam's main residence.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/884703/posts   (986 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | US 'secures' Baghdad airport
Saddam International Airport now has a new name after being taken by US troops, US spokesman Brigadier General Vincent Brooks told a news conference at US Central Command in Qatar.
On the way to the airport, soldiers had to negotiate a single-lane road with Iraqi fighters firing from all sides, the Associated Press reported.
Baghdad was plunged into darkness overnight by its first flout of the war which cut in as the assault on the airport began.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/middle_east/2917381.stm   (817 words)

  
 Fierce Clashes For Control Of Baghdad Airport
At the airport, fierce fighting erupted between Iraqi forces and around 1,000 US troops with conflicting reports from US and Iraqi officials on who was in control of the airport.
The attack on the airport came along with an overnight bombing of the capital, which was plunged into darkness due to a power outage, causing a cut of water supplies for the first time in the war to oust Saddam Hussein that began on March 20.
President Saddam Hussein on Friday told his people that his army would not allow the US-led invading forces to conquer Baghdad, promising that the Iraqi capital would be fiercely defended.
www.somalilandtimes.net /2003/63/6318.htm   (864 words)

  
 Baghdad International Airport - InfoSearchPoint.com (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Baghdad International Airport (formerly Saddam International Airport) is Iraq's largest air facility and is located about 10 miles west of Baghdad.
The airport is Iraq's largest air facility and is fit to receive planes of all sizes, yet this airport has been all but deserted since 1991.
Once the hub for Iraq's international airline, Iraqi Airways, and host to airplanes of a long list of international airlines, this airport has been able to receive only occasional charter flights with medicines.
www.infosearchpoint.com.cob-web.org:8888 /display/Saddam_International_Airport   (381 words)

  
 Baghdad International Airport - SourceWatch
The Baghdad International Airport (BIAP), formerly the Saddam International Airport, is "located approximately 16 kilometers West of Baghdad.
The Baghdad International Airport "has been refurbished and repaired as part of a $17.5 million contract from USAID to SkyLink to rebuild Iraqi airports in Baghdad, Basr and Mosul.
The Baghdad airport was severely damaged during the war.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Baghdad_International_Airport   (291 words)

  
 Iraq said to have regained Saddam Airport
He said the coalition force at the airport was "crushed" and that their "losses, bodies and destroyed vehicles are numerous." He added that there were many killed among the coalition soldiers whose bodies are still in the airport's ground and he was to give more appropriate information later once the cleaning operations are over.
He promised the journalists to escort them to the airport as soon as the Iraqi forces complete cleaning the area.
Al-Sahhaf said another battle took place on the dam of Al-Qaddisiya near the al-Hudaitha area at dawn and in the morning whereby the other Iraqi forces attacked coalition troops and "surrounded them...." He said four armored personnel carriers were destroyed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article2600.htm   (513 words)

  
 Baghdad airport captured: Suicide attack kills 5 •Six US tanks, 3 APCs destroyed -DAWN - Top Stories; April 5, 2003
SADDAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, April 4: US troops seized control of Baghdad airport on Friday, the US military said, securing a strategic base ahead of a decisive assault on the city to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
But Saddam defiantly called on his people to resist coalition forces closing in on the capital, and his information minister warned the troops at the airport could be the target of unconventional attacks during the night.
“The airport now has a new name, Baghdad International Airport, and it is a gateway to the future of Iraq,” Brigadier General Vincent Brooks told reporters at the US Central Command’s forward base in Qatar.
www.dawn.com /2003/04/05/top2.htm   (803 words)

  
 The Command Post - Iraq - Saddam International Airport being defended
Contrary to early reports of little resistance to the 3rd ID in its assault on Saddam International Airport, FoxNews is now reporting that elements of four Iraqi regular army divisions are defending the airport.
Kinda off the subject, but I thought I had read somewhere that Saddam doesn't like to be called "Saddam" and that it particularly irkes him that we've been doing so (esp. the Prezes).
Saddam is his name and Hussein was his father's name.
www.command-post.org /archives/003664.html   (321 words)

  
 New Page 1
Without wondering why the Information Minister had allowed the journalists to drive to Saddam International in the first place, and completely ignoring the subtle warning woven into Fisk’s text, the 3rd hit the ground running and rushed up the highway to the airport, finally arriving at the perimeter fence late on 4 April 2003.
Meanwhile, members of the 3rd were having a hell of a time smashing their way into Saddam International, making all of the extravagant noises normally associated with a heavily mechanized division.
Though Robert Fisk drove for 27 kilometers to reach the airport by road, it is a mere 20 kilometers in a straight line from downtown Baghdad, i.e.
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 U.S. Troops Seize Saddam Hussein International Airport   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
American troops initially encountered only light resistance as they occupied part of Saddam Hussein International Airport, located 12 miles southwest of the center of Baghdad.
Capture of the airport gives U.S. forces the opportunity to quickly and efficiently bring additional troops and supplies to the area, while providing providing a speedy means of evacuating casualties.
The assault on the airport was the largest of several actions designed to break down the Iraqi defenders and capture outlying sections of Baghdad.
www.news10.net /storyfull.asp?id=4086   (370 words)

  
 Online NewsHour Update: Coalition Claims Control of Airport, Forces Poise on Baghdad's Edge -- April 4, 2003
The capture of the airport comes as thousands of U.S. Marines massed on the outskirts of Baghdad in an apparent effort to cordon off the city.
The airport now has a new name, Baghdad International Airport, and it is the gateway to the future of Iraq," Brooks said.
The continued battle for the airport comes as thousands of U.S. Marines are reportedly massing on Baghdad's outskirts, some in full chemical protection gear, battling pockets of Iraqi resistance as they go.
www.pbs.org /newshour/updates/airport_04-04-03.html   (696 words)

  
 Middle East Online
The US military, meanwhile, said its troops seized control of the strategic prize of Baghdad's international airport on Friday and were flushing out remaining pockets of resistance.
Brooks earlier said that Saddam International Airport had been renamed after coalition forces took effective control of it earlier in the day.
"The airport now has a new name, Baghdad International Airport, and it is a gateway to the future of Iraq," he said.
www.middle-east-online.com /english/?id=5022   (463 words)

  
 OregonLive.com: Outdoors
Tanks of the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division rumbled through the entrance of the sprawling Saddam International Airport, past a building-high portrait of the saluting Iraqi president.
The airport -- which has numerous military and civilian buildings that must be scoured one by one -- is a key first objective for infantry and Marines converging on the capital from the south.
On the way to the airport Thursday, the 3rd Division rolled through a veritable shooting gallery -- a single-lane road on the capital's southern outskirts with Iraqi fighters firing from all sides for four hours.
www.oregonlive.com /outdoors/index.ssf?/news/0403airport.html   (1079 words)

  
 Ask the pilot - Salon (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
They'd be rioting at airports in Cairo and Damascus, burning effigies of Air Force One.
Its attractive green and white livery was once seen at airports throughout the Near and Middle East, where it was considered one of the best and most reliable airlines for many years.
I was pleased to spot an intact Ariana Afghan 727 at the airport in Delhi, India, last spring, though I can't vouch for the remaining eight planes said to exist in the Ariana fleet.
www.salon.com.cob-web.org:8888 /tech/col/smith/2003/04/18/askthepilot37/index.html   (897 words)

  
 Baghdad Airport Falls
About 2,500 Iraqi Republican Guard troops surrendered Friday southeast of Baghdad, according to U.S. military officers, as American and Iraqi forces fought for control of Saddam International Airport, 12 miles from the center of the Iraqi capital.
American armored divisions launched the assault on the airport as U.S.-led coalition troops advanced on the Iraqi capital.
An Iraqi TV anchor read a statement purportedly from Saddam exhorting his military leaders to keep up the battle or let other commanders take over.
www.angelfire.com /realm3/war.in.iraq/airport/index.htm   (604 words)

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