Monday, October 31, 2011

U.S. Buildup In The Persian Gulf Continues

United States soldiers performed a closing ceremony on Oct. 20 for a base in Tikrit, now under the control of Iraqi forces. Andrea Bruce for The New York Times

U.S. Planning Troop Buildup In Gulf After Exit From Iraq -- New York Times

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.

The plans, under discussion for months, gained new urgency after President Obama’s announcement this month that the last American soldiers would be brought home from Iraq by the end of December. Ending the eight-year war was a central pledge of his presidential campaign, but American military officers and diplomats, as well as officials of several countries in the region, worry that the withdrawal could leave instability or worse in its wake.

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My Comment: Bottom line .... expect more U.S. troops to be based in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

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