Sunday, September 15, 2002

Qatar Signals Interest In Permanent US Base



For the first time, Qatar has publicly signalled its interest in hosting a permanent U.S. military presence.

Qatari officials confirmed that the United States has been accelerating supplies of weapons and equipment to the emirate. They said the two countries would participate in a U.S. military command exercise in November, Middle East Newsline reported.

Doha has relayed to the United States interest by Qatar to serve as a permanent base for American military forces. Officials said the expansion of the Al Udeid air base outside Doha is meant to accommodate more than 100 combat aircraft and an undetermined number of tanks and armored personnel vehicles.

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