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    One of the two recently delivered F-16 fighter jets from the US is seen on the tarmac at Iraq's Balad air base in the Salaheddin province, north of the capital Baghdad, on July 20, 2015

    US Air Force Spending Over $271Mln to Expand Balad Base in Iraq

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    The US Air Force has given Sallyport Global Holdings in Virginia a $271.8 million contract to run security and life support operations at Balad Air Base in Iraq.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Air Force has given Sallyport Global Holdings in Virginia a $271.8 million contract to run security and life support operations at Balad Air Base in Iraq over the next year, the Department of Defense announced.

    "Sallyport Global Holdings Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $271,813,941 modification… contract for base life support, base operations support, and security," the announcement stated on Friday.

    Work is expected to be completed by January 31, 2017, according to the Defense Department.

    The Balad base was occupied by the US military during the 2003 Iraq war and was handed back to the Iraqi Air Force in December 2011.

    During the Iraq War, Balad was the second largest US base in Iraq and today the Iraqi Air Force operates its US-supplied F-16 Fighting Falcons combat aircraft there.


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    • Bob Hoferer
      I sure hope these 'contractors' are wearing 'sneakers' and NOT 'boots'.
    • siberianhusky
      Didn't they leave some time ago? just being sarcastic.

      Americans are like a much hated relative that made a visit. You can never get him out of your house once they have foot through the door.
    • hopscotch64
      Iraq is a colony of the United States plain and simple they will never leave and the people of Iraq will never have a decent life or peace until they throw the criminals out of the country. The United States promised freedom and democracy and instead has brought colonization, war, death and destruction to the people of Iraq.
    • Zhukov
      Iraq's puppet political leadership likely gets a piece of the money pie to allow this breach of their sovereignty.
    • anne00marie
      I thought Iraq asked them to leave?
    • Mitach2002
      noun ter·ror·ism \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\
      Simple Definition of terrorism
      : the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal. Straight out of Merrium Webster dictionary.
      The terrorist American government needs a strong military so it can now protect the natural resources it will steal out of Iraq.
      It is now American oil, not Iraqi oil.
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