Yesterday we posted about abandoned Iraqi Air Force planes and following on from that is Ali Air Base in Nasiriyah. It is also know as Tallil, Camp Adder to Americans, Camp Terendak to the Australians and Camp Dracula to the Romanians who all shared it as part of the coalition invasion of Iraq.
The ancient city of Ur is located within the grounds of the base and the famous ziggurat along with it. The base was taken from the Iraqi Air Force in 2003 after the invasion and was subsequently used by the invading forces until their withdrawal in 2011 when it was left abandoned.
The following is from a soldier who was stationed in Camp Adder in 2009 –
I have to say this place is growing by leaps and bounds. Living conditions are great (except for the long walk to the cadillacs in the middle of the night to use the bathroom).
They are building trailers really fast so by the time the next rotation gets here they will be the first to move into them.
It’s a lot of work, but there are enough councils here that organize a lot of events to keep morale up. Texas Hold Em, Bingo, Free pizza once a month from Ciano’s, Salsa night, Arabic classes (which I teach by the way), Volleyball/Dodgeball/Basketball tournaments, and of course the Silly Olympics!
They just built a new hot spot complete with free wireless internet service, ping pong and pool tables, nice movie room, and a gaming room.
It’s SUPER cold here nowadays, so bring warm clothing.
And yes the trip to the Ziggurat was fun. They temporarily shut it down when I first got here because some Soldiers were caught peeing on it and taking pictures of themselves…another example of the few misfits ruining a good thing for everyone. But the tours are open again and it’s great.
Location: Nasiriyah, Iraq