Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Military Implications Of The Qatar Crisis On U.S. Operations

This April 9, 2016, photo shows a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber arriving at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, which holds the forward headquarters of Central Command and hosts some 10,000 American troops. REUTERS

David Des Roches, War on the Rocks: A Base is More than Buildings: The Military Implications of the Qatar Crisis

The Gulf Cooperation Council is a military alliance that aspires to be a Middle Eastern NATO, but lately it looks more like a fraternity expelling a chronically misbehaving brother. Since Donald Trump departed Riyadh with a strong message of solidarity and support from most Sunni Muslim countries, the core alliance of the U.S. regional defense strategy has imploded. The Gulf Cooperation Council is now in disarray: Three of six members have cut ties with Qatar and Saudi Arabia has sealed Qatar’s all important land border.

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WNU Editor: I suspect that no one in the Pentagon is happy to see these developments unfold as they are right now.

More News On The Military Implications Of The Qatar Crisis On U.S. Operations

Qatar downplays reports military on 'high alert' as a diplomatic row with Gulf neighbours continues -- New Arab
Pentagon continues operations at key Mideast air base despite Qatar’s rift with Arab neighbors -- Washington Times
U.S. military says no plans to change posture in Qatar -- CBS/AP
US military: No plans to change our posture in Qatar -- Al Jazeera
The Pentagon Doesn’t Expect Qatar To Revoke Access To A Base That Hosts 10,000 US Troops -- Buzzfeed
U.S. military praises Qatar, despite Trump tweet -- Reuters
Trump reverses course in Qatar call -- CNN
For Qataris, a U.S. air base is best defense against Trump attacks -- Greg Jaffe and Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Washington Post
What's at stake for the U.S. after Qatar hit with diplomatic crisis -- Elizabeth McLaughlin, ABC News
Saudi-Qatari Row Puts The U.S. And Its Military In A Bad Place At A Bad Time -- War Drive
Qatar Crisis Puts Spotlight on U.S. Military Base -- Naharnet
Qatar crisis could have major implications for massive US-UK air base, analysts say -- Middle East Eye

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