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  • n. Plural form of firebase.


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  • In the single most substantive post-blast report on the CIA, Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times wrote that the Agency has “an archipelago of firebases in southern and eastern Afghanistan,” most built in the last year.

    Tom Engelhardt: The CIA Surges

  • Bella was one of the firebases operated by Chosen Company in the Waygal Valley.


  • Over the next two years, U.S. forces established two more large observation posts and two small firebases in Korengal.

    U.S. Exits Afghanistan's 'Valley of Death'

  • I thought things were bad in Saigon, but once we start getting dropped off by Huey helicopter at firebases in the plains and jungles of South Vietnam, we have a new respect and a healthy yearning for the relative peace of the big city.

    Late, Late at Night

  • The firebases generally resemble a really lethal camping ground: some central wooden structures surrounded by a grouping of army-green tents, surrounded by barbed-wire fences, surrounded by coils of razor wire, surrounded by rows of Claymore antipersonnel mines.

    Late, Late at Night

  • FOBs, also referred to as safe houses or firebases, provided locales from which U.S. and coalition forces conducted ground operations against the enemy.

    A Nightmare’s Prayer

  • By 2005, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission cited 800 cases of detainee abuse at some thirty U.S. firebases.

    Tom Hayden: Obama's Wars

  • But spreading the troops into small firebases makes them extremely vulnerable, as the United States found out in early September, when eight soldiers were killed in an attack on a small unit in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province.

    Conn Hallinan: Why the Afghan Surge Will Fail

  • We ran missions all over the province, including several Village Medical Operations, and frequent missions out to Canadian firebases Moshem Ghar and Sperwhen Ghar.

    Rules of Disengagement: A Troubling New U.S. Combat Posture In Afghanistan - Dan_McLaughlin’s blog - RedState

  • He would probably have him transferred to one of the tiny firebases up in the mountains where he could expect to be shelled once or twice a day.

    Extreme Measures


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