ABRAM'S OASIS |
May 17, 2007
Name: LT Carl Goforth
Posting date: 5/17/07
Stationed in: Anbar Province, Iraq
Milblog url: desertflier.blogspot.com
The Al Asad Airbase is located just a few short clicks from the Euphrates River about 180 kilometers due west from Baghdad. The base is built on an historically biblical site: The local population has maintained for thousands of years that Abram, Sarai, and Lot stopped here and camped for a short time while travelling from Ur to Haran. This spot is revered, one of the reasons Saddam Hussein built his premier airbase here. It is well known that he spent a lot of time on this base, and used it to train Iraqi Olymic teams alongside the military.
The oasis is tucked away on a protected area of the base, and is only a two-mile run from the barracks. Standing here felt surreal. What a privilege to have somewhere quiet to retreat to from time to time, a place that is sacred to Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths alike. The picture can only capture a fraction of how beautiful this spot is. The date grove surrounding the oasis is lush, full of color, and bursting with life.