Ali Al Salem Air Base
The Ali Al Salem Air Base is a military base located in Kuwait. This airbase is about 39 miles away from the border of Iraq, and its operation is under the supervision of the Kuwaiti Air Force with the help of the United States Air Force (USAF). It is positioned on elevated ground above the surrounding desert plains, an excellent topographical position which is why it is dubbed as the “The Rock.” Because of its very close distance from the Iraqi border, the Ali Al Salem Air Base is the frontline for the campaign “Operation Southern Watch.” It provides several operations such as theatre airlift, air surveillance and control, force protection, combat rescue, aeromedical evacuation, theatre ballistic missile defense, and combat support. It also allows other types of air and ground operations and training.
Among the military bases in Kuwait, the Ali Al Salem Air Base is the last to be overruled by the military of Iraq. On August 3, 1990, this base was conquered by the Iraqi military. Only few Kuwaiti regulars, base generals, and staff officers were left to fight for the freedom of this base. However, at the end of the day, they were overruled by the Iraqi military. The Kuwaiti generals are hanged by the Iraqi military on the base flagpoles while the remaining alive staff were lined outside the old building of the Kuwaiti Officer’s Club and were shot to death by the Iraqis. Several operations were then planned to free the Ali Al Salem AB Kuwait. With the Royal Air Force (RAF), United States Air Force (USAF), and Unites States Marine Corps (USMC) united, Operation Telic or Operation Iraqi Freedom became a success. Since then, the Ali Al Salem Air Base was returned to the Kuwaiti government.