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Habbaniya is about 65 kilometres west of Baghdad. Habbaniya War Cemetery, enclosed by a high brick wall, is within the former R.A.F. cantonment, which is now an enclosed military area. from the 1939-1945 war.
NOTE: Whilst the current climate of political instability persists it is extremely challenging for the Commission to manage or maintain its cemeteries and memorials located within Iraq. Alternative arrangements for commemoration have therefore been implemented and a two volume Roll of Honour listing all casualties buried and commemorated in Iraq has been produced. These volumes are on display at the Commission's Head Office in Maidenhead and are available for the public to view.
The Commission continues to monitor the situation in Iraq and once the political climate has improved to an acceptable level the Commission will commence a major rehabilitation project for its cemeteries and commemorations.
Before considering a visit to Iraq the Commission strongly recommends that you check the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the travel section of their website:
Habbaniya was a peace-time Royal Air Force station, maintained under the Anglo-Iraqi treaty of 1930 which permitted a British base west of the Euphrates, and the permanent Headquarters of the R.A.F. in Iraq.
The Habbaniya Memorial is located in Habbaniya War Cemetery, and commemorates 106 soldiers and Royal Air Force Levies who died while serving in Iraq and were buried in remote and unmaintainable graves.