Former base for archive purpose only. Not active anymore
Camp Doha is by far the most important military base set up by the USA government on the Kuwait territory. Although most such bases are actually co-bases, this one cannot be considered this way. It played a huge role during the US invasion of the Middle East, whether you consider the Gulf War that took place in 1991 or the 2003 attacks over Iraq that ended with capturing Saddam Hussein. The military base can be found close to the Kuwait City, in the Kuwait Bay. It is located on a little peninsula, providing an excellent advantage. When first built, the base was nothing but a huge warehouse for various industrial purposes. The US Army decided to convert its objectives in 1998, prior to Operation Desert Thunder. Ever since then, the purposes didn’t really change at all.
The camp wasn’t used by the US forces only, but also by a wide variety of Kuwaiti forces, as well as multiple coalition troops. In other words, the area represented a nerve center for the entire Middle East and not just the Iraq invasion. Although it is not on American territory, but actually very far away, this base was not skipped by the 2005 commission dealing with the base realignment and closure. If some bases had to merge together for more successful operations, others were considered to be useless and closed down. Unfortunately for it, this one was said to be among the useless ones. A solid reason in the decision includes two other US military bases located relatively close. All the Camp Doha inhabitants were supposed to be split between these two bases – Arifjan and Buehring. By 2006, the population was relocated already, while the base was waiting to be shut down. These days, it is still maintained, but as inactive.
The history of the base includes a tragic accident too, in 2003. Two US contractors working in the area were shot at while driving a car. They got into the range of a gunfire. The driver was shot a few times, but managed to survive. The other passenger was killed instantly. As it was expected, no one took the responsibility for this case.
Although it had clear offensive objectives over the history, the general purpose of Camp Doha was not going in this direction. The base showed up after the Kuwaiti military operations. More such camps were left behind the Americans with a few people to work on the area. Their purpose was to defend the place and protect the civilians against aggression. The purpose was simple – maintaining the piece in the area. Camp Doha is just one of the dozens of similar bases left behind by the Americans.
When times changed, the objectives of these bases changed as well. The Iraq invasion was much easier with the help of all these bases. These days, many of them are closed, but who knows when the next American conflict will reactivate them?
Since Camp Doha is closed, there are no housing opportunities for soldiers here.