Lake Habbaniyah

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Lake Habbaniyah
Coordinates 33°17′43″N 43°27′10″E / 33.29528°N 43.45278°E / 33.29528; 43.45278Coordinates: 33°17′43″N 43°27′10″E / 33.29528°N 43.45278°E / 33.29528; 43.45278
Primary inflows Euphrates River
Primary outflows Lake Milh
Basin countries Iraq
Surface area 140 km²
US Army helicopter over Lake Habbaniyah

Lake Habbaniyah is a muddy lake in Anbar Province, Iraq.[1]

In the late 1930s and 1940s Lake Habbaniyah was used by Imperial Airways as a refueling point and hotel for flying boats flying from the United Kingdom to India. Nearby on the banks of the Euphrates had already been established the Royal Air Force airbase of RAF Dhibban, later renamed RAF Habbaniya.[citation needed]

Lake Habbaniya Sailing Club, 1954

It was the scene of action during the Rashid Ali rebellion Anglo-Iraqi War when the RAF trainee aircrew and troops stationed there effectively saw off the besieging Iraqi troops and subsequent German aerial attacks.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Duraid Adnan and Timothy Williams (23 August 2009). "Dancing by the Waves, Iraqis Forget War for a Day". New York Times. Retrieved 26 December 2015.