KAAOTKhawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal
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and coalition forces have maintained a presence on KAAOT since April 2004, assisting the Iraqi Navy by helping provide security to their oil platforms, which account for approximately 70 to 85 percent of Iraq's gross domestic product.
It's my duty to defend the oil terminal," said an Iraqi marine aboard KAAOT.
They have Internet access, air-conditioned shacks, Sony Playstations, satellite TV and a gym that is the envy of the other detachments on KAAOT.
Several times a week, teams departed Ashland via Iraqi aluminum fast boats and proceeded to large oil tankers to perform security sweeps of tankers waiting to come alongside ABOT or KAAOT to receive oil.