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Coordinates: Balad (Arabic: بلد) is a city 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Baghdad in the Salah ad Din Governorate, Iraq. It is located within the borders of the so-called Sunni Triangle; however, Balad is a primarily Shiite town of approximately 100,000. It is the principal town of the Balad District.
Located within the municipality of Yethrib, the installation is known officially as Joint Base Balad, formerly LSA Anaconda and Balad Air Base. The name of this base in the Saddam era was Al-Bakir Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة البكر الجوية). This base currently hosts several Army and Air Force units, as well as a small attachments of US Navy personnel.
As of early 2007 the base was the central hub for airlift and US Air Force operations in Iraq, it was also a major transshipment point for US Army supply convoys.
Even closer to the actual city of Balad is a tiny FOB (forward operating base) called FOB Paliwoda. It sits on the outskirts of Balad proper.
FOB Paliwoda was occupied by 3rd Squadron 4th US Cavalry in an effort to create a joint effort between coalition and local forces. The unit disrupted more than 50 million dollars of counter insurgency money. During the year control of the BJCC[clarification needed], Not one U.S. soldier lost their life.
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