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An American General Probably Thinks -- "Thanks Trump, for Putting a Target on My Back!"

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... U.S. presence at this base not publicly acknowledged until 2017.

... Host the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, including such aircraft as the F-22 Raptor, KC-10, RQ-4 Global Hawk, E-3 Sentry, and U-2 Dragon Lady.

... Two 12,012 foot runways.

... An estimated 3,500 U.S. personnel stationed in 2015;100 upwards of 3,800 in 2016.

... Busiest U.S. base in the world for surveillance flights.

... Hosts a joint Air Warfare Center used by the U.S. to train personnel from multiple countries in aspects of combat and inter-operable missions.

Port of Jebel Ali

... Busiest U.S. Navy port of call.

... Largest man-made deep-water harbor in the world.

... Capable of berthing U.S. aircraft carriers.

... No ships supported or permanently based, and U.S. Navy ships do not take priority over commercial vessels.

Fujairah Naval Base

... Located on the outside of the Persian Gulf, before crossing the Strait of Hormuz.

... Offers a logistical "land link" to Jebel Ali should the Strait of Hormuz be closed.

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
 
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