US military bases en US prison base in Iraq becomes a hotel <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As investors hope to draw new profits from abandoned military bases, Camp Bucca is reborn as the Basra Gateway hotel. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Talia Ralph </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Oil investors and executives who visit Iraq have a new option for lodging: Camp Bucca, a former US prison base, has been transformed into a hotel, <a href="">The New York Times reported</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Basra Gateway hotel in Southern Iraq opened on November 24, to coincide with an oil and gas conference in nearby Basra. Operated by the Kufan group, the hotel has retained much of the base&#39;s original esthetics, including the barbed wire that surrounds the property as well as the military residential trailers, known as CHUs (containerized housing units). The units, some of which have been equipped with individual plumbing, go for $190 a night.&nbsp;</p> <p> The venture is an attempt by investors to make commercial use out of recently abandoned military compounds, which will all be handed over to the Iraqi government by the end of the year. Basra, about 330 miles from Baghdad, is in the midst of many of the country&#39;s oil fields, and The International Energy Agency projects that oil production in Iraq will increase faster than in any other country over the next 25 years, the New York Times reported.</p> <p> Around 150 executives who were looking into new investment opportunities in Iraq stayed at the hotel; many of them were not told that it was a former prison base until they arrived. One group of Swedes were so dismayed they checked out early.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;People complained,&rdquo; Loay Almalaieka, a vice president of the Kufan Group, told the New York Times. &quot;The new plumbing burst in some rooms. We couldn&rsquo;t achieve a great level of satisfaction with these executives, for obvious reasons.&rdquo;</p> <p> Several companies, including Exxon, have looked into renting permanent space at the hotel for their employees. As Amar Latif, Basra Gateway&rsquo;s general manager, told the New York Times, &nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p> &ldquo;Exxon loved it,&rdquo; &nbsp;Mr. Latif said of the former Camp Bucca. Their representatives visited half a dozen times, he said, to examine the security arrangements, taking in the sprawl of razor wire and concrete walls and exclaiming, &ldquo;Oh boy, it&rsquo;s excellent!&rdquo;</p> <p> On the downside, Iraq&rsquo;s security situation is still so dismal that a former prison appears alluring as a hotel.</p> </blockquote> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost</strong>: <a href="">US inspector questions army&#39;s upbeat view of Iraq&#39;s security</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Camp Bucca Travel/Tourism US military bases US prison base turned hotel US withdrawl Iraq Conflict Zones Emerging Markets Iraq United States Weird Wide Web Sun, 04 Dec 2011 00:37:37 +0000 Talia Ralph 5683235 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord helicopter crash kills 4 soldiers <p> It is not yet known whether the aircraft collided or went down separately, according to a military spokesman.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> US military bases Military United States Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:47:00 +0000 News Desk 5684091 at Opinion: US military presence in Europe matters NEW YORK — The US is contemplating a change in strategy, away from the current defense posture in Europe.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> US military bases Americas Czech Republic France Military Europe Germany Italy Opinion Spain United Kingdom United States Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:28:38 +0000 Chad Manske 5689546 at In Japan, the arrival of an American-made Osprey fleet stirs anti-base sentiment <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">If US officials had been hoping to quell anti-base sentiment in Japan, the arrival in the country this week of the first shipment of Osprey transport aircraft could not have been worse timed.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> US military bases Military Japan Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Justin McCurry 5713713 at