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U.S. establishes helipad in Iraq’s western Anbar

A U.S. helicopter flies over the Green Zone
The United States has finished the establishment of the first helipad in Iraq’s western Anbar province near the Syrian border, an Iraqi official revealed Monday.

The source added that this helipad will enable U.S. troops to monitor the whole Iraqi western desert to the borders with Syria.

He also pointed out that it is difficult to get more information regarding the helipad due to the U.S. maximum security imposed on it.

Last December, the U.S. established two new military bases in Iraq’s western Anbar province.

The first basehad been set up in the northern Rumana subdistrict (in Anbar’s Al-Qaim district) near the Syrian border, roughly 360 kilometers west of provincial capital Ramadi.

The second base had been set up east of the city of Al-Rutbah, roughly 310 kilometers west of Ramadi and less than 100 kilometers from the Syrian border.

The twin bases are intended to help Iraqi forces “secure the country's borders and prevent infiltrations by ISIS.”

Roughly 5,000 U.S. troops have remained deployed in Iraq since the U.S. cobbled a coalition together in 2014 with an aim of fighting ISIS.

Along with training Iraqi forces, the U.S.-led coalition continues to provide the Iraqi army with air support as it hunts down and destroys the terrorist group’s lingering presence.

It is pertinent to mention that U.S. President Donald Trump has announced earlier that the U.S. will keep its troops in Iraq to monitor Iran and its terrorist activity in Iraq and the region.