Country: Iraq Region: Al Muthanna
Latitude: 30° 56' 8" N Longitude: 46° 5' 24" E
Area use / Military Branches: US joint forces
Alternate (USAF) name for this airbase - which original name is: Tallil Airbase.
Currently being used by US joint forces. It is also called Camp Adder by the US Army and also the home of 3 PRT's (Provincial Reconstruction Teams) for the provinces of Dhi Qar, Muthanna, and Maysan. The Dhi Qar team is led by Italian personnel, while the Muthanna and Maysan teams are headed by US State Department personnel.
Tallil or Ali airbase occupies 30 square klicks and is protected by 22 klicks of security perimeter. The ancient Babylonian city of Ur, known as Abrahams birthplace, is located within the base security perimeter and its ancient ziggurat is visible from nearly every area of the base.
Former Tallil airbase was homebase of a unit MiG fighter aircraft as well as Mi-24D (Hind-D) helicopter gunships. The aircraft were serviced and stored in concrete hangars at either end of the main rwy. These shelters were built prior to 1985 and in 1991 there were 36 of them.
During the 1st Gulf War (1991) the base and its shelters were heavily damaged by Coalition bombing. During the ground campaign elements of the US Army 82nd Airborne Div. occupied the base. All remaining serviceable aircraft and ordinance was destroyed by them.
After the start of the 2nd Gulf War (2003) Tallil, renamed Ali Airbase, was used by the USAF 332d Air Expeditionary Wing before moving to Balad Airbase in January 2004. The 407th Air Expeditionary Group, operating C-130 H cargo airplanes, have utilized the base and trained more than 100 Iraqi Airmen on how to maintain and fly the C-130 until February 2006. The trainees were then designated the Iraqi Air Force 23rd Squadron and relocated to Kirkuk Airbase.
Units from various Coalition groups have used designated sections of Tallil Airbase in time. Camp Terendak was used by Australian troops until the Australian Battlegroup withdrawal on June 1, 2008. Romanian troops used Camp Dracula until the Romanian Army withdrew in the summer of 2009. Camp Dracula is now referred to as "Regional Center of Excellence for Civil Capacity".
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