- Camp Doha
Camp Doha was the main US Army base in Kuwait, and played a pivotal role in the US military presence in the Middle East since the 1991 Gulf War and in the
2003 invasion of Iraq. The complex is located on a small peninsula on Kuwait Bay, west of Kuwait City. It was initially a large industrial warehouse complex and was taken in hand by the US Army for conversion to its current role in 1998 during Operation Desert Thunder. It has been continuously manned since.
Camp Doha housed both Army Forces Central Command-Kuwait (ARCENT-Kuwait) and Coalition/Joint Task Force-Kuwait (Forward) (C/JTF-KU (Fwd)), making it effectively a nerve center not only for US operations in Iraq, but throughout the
Middle East. At its peak, over 2,000 military and civilian personnel were stationed there, with several thousand additional personnel in transit at any given point. In April, 2005 the Army announced the closure of the base, saying that the personnel from Camp Doha would be divided between Camp Buehringand Camp Arifjan. [cite news| url=http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,SS_041105_Doha,00.html| title= Army Preparing to Close Camp Doha, Shift Operations to Other Kuwait Bases| date=April 11 , 2005| first=Sandra| last=Jontz| publisher=military.com| accessdate=2006-08-31] As of mid-2006, though the bulk of personnel and operations have shifted to other installations, the actual closure of Camp Doha has yet to occur.
Notes and References
* [http://www.kuwait.army.mil/ Official site of the US Army in Kuwait, contains information of Camp Doha]
* [http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/camp-doha.htm Information on Camp Doha at Global Security]
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