Lake Habbaniyah (Arabic: بحيرة الحبانيةBaḥīra al-Ḥabbāniya) is a lake located halfway between Ramadi and Fallujah near Al-Taqaddum (TQ) Air Base in Al Habbaniyah in Anbar Province, Iraq.[1]

In the late 1930s and 1940s Lake Habbaniyah was used by Imperial Airways as a refueling point and hotel for flying boats flying from the United Kingdom to India. Nearby on the banks of the Euphrates had already been established the Royal Air Force airbase of RAF Dhibban, later renamed RAF Habbaniya.[citation needed]

Lake Habbaniya Sailing Club, 1954

It was the scene of action during the Rashid Ali rebellion Anglo-Iraqi War when the RAF trainee aircrew and troops stationed there effectively saw off the besieging Iraqi troops and subsequent German aerial attacks.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Duraid Adnan and Timothy Williams (23 August 2009). "Dancing by the Waves, Iraqis Forget War for a Day". New York Times. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Iraq." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World, ABC-CLIO, 2018, worldgeography2.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/1121196. Accessed 10 Apr. 2018.