- Lake Habbaniyah
lake_name = Lake Habbaniyah
basin_countries = Iraq
area = 140 km²
Lake Habbaniyah ( _ar. بحيرة الحبانية "Buhayrat al-Habbaniyah") is a shallow natural
lakein al-Anbar, Iraq, west of Baghdad. It has a surface area140 km². Traditionally the lake has been used to hold floodwater from the River Euphrates, and in 1956 a barragewas constructed at Ramadifor this purpose. The lake was also used for recreational purposes.
In the late 1930s and 1940s Lake Habbaniyah was used by
Imperial Airwaysas a refueling point and hotel for flying boats flying from the United Kingdomto India. Nearby on the banks of the Euphrates had already been established the Royal Air Force airbaseof RAF Dhibban, later renamed RAF Habbaniya.It was the scene of action during the Rashid Ali rebellion Anglo-Iraqi Warwhen the RAF trainee aircrew and troops stationed there effectively saw off the besieging Iraqi troops and subsequent German aerial attacks.
Habbaniya is now also the site of a major
United States military baseknown as Al Taqqadum. This military base is across the flood relief canal, up on the plateau where the RAF built an additional airfield in 1953. Habbaniya itself remains a military base and is responsible for the training of the new Sunni 5000 which is a drive by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense to incorporate Sunni Iraqis into the military to make it more representative. The base had its first graduation of recruits in May 2006.
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