sassa Posted March 13 Report Share Posted March 13 GULF STATES SUPPORTWhile officially against the war, most Gulf states are providing variouslevels of assistance to US troops in the region.By IWPR StaffWashington last week ordered 60,000 more troops to the Gulf, bringing thetotal allied fighting force in and around the Gulf to more than 300,000.Despite anti-war sentiments, authorities are providing basing rights andother support for the US forces, as follows:BAHRAIN.Headquarters of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet. Although local media highlightthe close relationship between Bahrain and its "strategic allies" in theWest, government spokesmen deny that Bahraini territory will be used inany military action against Iraq.Bahrain initially supported a call by the United Arab Emirates for SaddamHussein's removal from power, but later backed the summit's "totalrejection of any attack on Iraq".KUWAIT.Headquarters of V Corps, the US Army force commanded by Lt. Gen. ScottWallace that will invade Iraq from the southern front. Kuwait also hoststhe 101st Airborne Division. The 101st, with backup from nearly 300helicopters and 3,800 trucks, is key to a rapid war that will see thenear-simultaneous use of massive air bombardment and rapid ground attacks.In all, some 160,000 US troops are currently on Kuwaiti soil.Germany has almost 100 troops specialized in nuclear, chemical andbiological warfare deployed in Kuwait, backed by specialized armouredvehicles that serve as laboratories on wheels. The troops were increasedfrom 60 to 90 at the end of February. Germany says the troops are part ofthe international war on terrorism - not related to a possible war inIraq.QATAR.Hosts the United States' Central Command operations and the HQ of theinvasion commander, Gen. Tommy Franks. An air base bear the capital, Doha,will serve as a launching pad for air strikes.SAUDI ARABIA.Saudi Arabia was the launch pad for war on Iraq in 1991 and since then theUS has had base facilities and troops stationed at Prince Sultan air baseat al-Kharj, south of the capital, Riyadh. Fearing retaliation fromIslamic fundamentalists linked to Osama bin Laden, Saudi Arabia's publicposition is that it opposes war against Iraq and Saudi soil will not beused as a springboard for attacks on Iraq.But US officials have said Saudi Arabia is ready to allow US forces tomake greater use of Saudi facilities than it can acknowledge publicly. Theofficials have said the kingdom will permit refuelling, surveillance andbattlefield radar aircraft to use Saudi airfields.The Washington Post reported that the US and Saudi Arabia have a "tacitagreement" that will allow the US to conduct bombing missions from Saudisoil as long as no public announcement is made. Foreign Minister PrinceSaud al-Faisal denied the report.There are no details of the exact number of US forces in Saudi Arabia.However, the Washington-based Saudi Information Agency has said severalhundred US soldiers have arrived at Arar airport, only 15 kilometers fromthe Iraqi border, together with Galaxy aircraft carrying heavy equipment"apparently to be used in an eventual war against Iraq".UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.UAE President Zayed ibn Sultan an Nahayan generated a proposal, floated atthe recent Arab summit in Egypt, for Saddam Hussein to leave powervoluntarily. The UAE does not host US troops. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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