17 Jul '17, 6pm

Pentagon: Al-Udeid Air Base still open, but U.S. prepared in case Qatar rift escalates

The U.S. still has full use of al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar but has considered alternatives in case the diplomatic rift between the U.S. ally and four other Arab nations further escalates, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said. “I think any time you are doing military operations, you are always thinking ahead to Plan Bs and Plan Cs … we would be remiss if we didn’t do that,” Davis said. “In this case, we have confidence that our base in Qatar is still able to be used.” Al-Udeid is home to more than 11,000 U.S. forces and houses the Combined Air Operations Center, where the U.S.coordinates airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Last month, al-Udeid’s continued viability as the major U.S. air operations center was put into question after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and pledged to...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/qatar-airbase-uae-caoc

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