Dangerous Places

Airmen resurrect Iraqi airfield wrecked by ISIS, in time for Mosul fight

“When Iraqi forces pushed the Islamic State out of Qayyarah West Airfield in July, the militants left behind an obliterated and unusable runway. During their two-year occupation of the strategically crucial airfield south of Mosul, ISIS dug trenches in it, tore it up with an excavator-mounted jackhammer, littered it with massive concrete T-walls, and detonated explosives to riddle it with craters. They dumped debris in the holes, and left the airfield booby-trapped with deadly explosives. And they destroyed or severely damaged facilities such as the air traffic control tower.”

Source: Airmen resurrect Iraqi airfield wrecked by ISIS, in time for Mosul fight

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