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Halabja air base: protecting whom?

The US is currently constructing a mammoth air base near Halabja, Kurdistan, just 9 miles from the Iranian border.

The base cannot serve to protect Kurdistan against Iran, which can easily move SAM batteries to the border to target Kurdish planes during take-off, when their defensive capabilities are minimal. At such a short distance, Iran can always destroy the air base without allowing the American missile interceptors time to react.

It seems that the base is meant to protect Kurdistan against Shiite Iraq. That would conform to Obama’s plan to break up Libya with the intent of controlling the oil-rich zone.

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Past coverage: Iraq
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03.01 Israel and Kurds: the time for open support
03.03 Sometimes bombings are good
06.02 Iraqis will long for Saddam yet
01.02 Iraq: bombings as usual
08.12 Terrorists reap top death toll in Baghdad