Al Asad Airbase

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Ayn al Asad (IATA: IQA[1], ICAO: ORAA) is an Iraqi Armed Forces base located in Al Anbar Governorate (also called Anbar province) of western Iraq. It was originally known as Qadisiyah Airbase.

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Ayn Al Asad Airbase
Qadisiyah Airbase
Al Anbar Governorate in Iraq
Ayn Al Asad Airbase
Shown within Iraq
Coordinates33°48′N 42°26′E
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorIraqi Army
Site history
Built2003 (2003)
In use2003-current
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: IQA[1], ICAO: ORAA, LID: MAA
Elevation188 metres (617 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
09R/27L 3,990 metres (13,091 ft) Asphalt
09L/27R 3,990 metres (13,091 ft) Asphalt
08/26 3,090 metres (10,138 ft) Packed dirt
Other airfield
ILS planned in 2016[2]

It was the second largest US military airbase in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Until January 2010, it was the home of the II Marine Expeditionary Force/Multi-National Force West. Other major tenants have included the 3rd ID's 4th IBCT, 82nd Airborne Division Advise & Assist Brigade, 332nd Medical Brigade, 321st Sustainment Brigade, Vertical Onboard Delivery Detachment-1 (VOD-1),[3][unreliable source?] VAQ-141, Navy Customs Battalion Juliet, elements of the Iraqi Army's 7th Division, and the United States Air Force (USAF).[4]

On December 26, 2018, President Donald Trump and his wife Melania visited the soldiers stationed at the base.[5] On November 23, 2019, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, visited the troops ahead of Thanksgiving.[6] On January 8, 2020, the air base came under an Iranian ballistic missile attack in retaliation for the killing of Quds leader Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike a few days earlier.[7]