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ID number P04101.401
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Photographer Parker, David Dare
Place made Iraq: Al Asad
Date made 24 April 2003
Credit line Acquired through Australian War Memorial official commission 2003


An unidentified member of the Special Air Services Regiment (SAS) at the Al Asad airbase in western Iraq. The SAS, assisted by commandos from the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR) took control of the airbase from on 11 April 2003 and discovered almost 8 million kilograms of explosive ordnance and over 50 aircraft. The aircraft were hidden under camouflage nets or buried in large pits, with the majority having escaped damage during the Coalition bombing of the early stages of the war. The SAS and 4RAR operated in the Middle East as part of the Australian commitment to the Coalition forces assembled to disarm Iraq.