Kurdistan Airport or Military Base?

With finance provided by the USA, the Kurdistan Regional Government has set aside 1,500 acres (607ha) of land at Halabja, just 6.8 miles (11km) from the Iranian border in the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniyah. Various analysts have questioned the location of the airport since the small town does not require such a massive facility. Considerable speculation as to the true intent of the project has been raised with some Iraqi analysts believing that the airport will also include a military air base, thus giving the US military a prime location close to Iran.