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U.S. relies on Persian Gulf
bases for airstrikes in Iraq

Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock

Original Article

Posted By:Drive, 8/26/2014 9:07:01 AM

The U.S. military is relying on bases in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere in the Middle East to carry out airstrikes in Iraq, but is masking the locations and other details about the units and aircraft involved to avoid embarrassing partners in the region. The Persian Gulf monarchies have long hosted U.S. forces to bolster their own security. But most have shied away from acknowledging the American presence and are even more reluctant now with U.S. warplanes bombing Iraq. The arrangement is especially delicate given long-standing accusations from Washington that wealthy donors in the Gulf underwrite terrorist groups, including Islamic militants being

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Gee Thanks, WP for printing this info for Isis et al

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: curious1, 8/26/2014 9:43:29 AM     (No. 9981551)

We need to pressure SA and other local kingdoms to do the air-strikes. They need skin in the game.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/26/2014 9:51:12 AM     (No. 9981614)

We need a big long range bus to fly halfway across the globe and drop bombs by the boxcar load. Something that will fly in areas where we have complete Air Supremacy and high enough to avoid manpads.

Since we cannot build more B-52´s - how about modifying some C-130´s or even 767´s for the job?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Doctor P, 8/26/2014 11:35:37 AM     (No. 9981740)

so NYT and WaPo will immediately name names and ruin our diplomacy more

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