US army to build four giant bases in iraq

The US army plans to construct four giant bases in Iraq under a plan that will also involve a transfer to Iraqi command of around 100 bases around the country, previously occupied by coalition forces.

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By  Sean Cronin Published  May 28, 2005

The US army plans to construct four giant bases in Iraq under a plan that will also involve a transfer to Iraqi command of around 100 bases around the country, previously occupied by coalition forces. The bases would be situated in the north, south, west and centre of the country, and the construction package will include blast-proof barracks and offices. The programme has been dubbed ‘BRAC for Iraq’ — standing for Base Realignment and Closure Commission. According to US military officials, the bases will be more robust than other existing military installations in the country, and will be built to withstand direct mortar fire. Funding for the first group of redesigned barracks was included in the US $82 billion supplemental war-spending bill that was approved by Congress earlier this month. The US military has already vacated 13 bases this year, turning most of them over to Iraqi military or police units in the Baghdad area, and moving US troops to other locations.

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