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U.S. And NATO Allies Escalate Military Buildup Against Iran

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The two countries' navies also participated as "training increased in complexity as the operation developed, with more advanced flight manoeuvres and joint exercises with the British HMS Cumberland, which was conducting maritime security operations in the Gulf."

"The Royal Navy relies on the UAE for ports, and the RAF participates in training alongside Emirati forces at the Air Warfare Centre."

The Emirates' Al Minhad Air Base, in addition to accommodating Western military aircraft, "provides logistical support to British vessels deployed in the Gulf for 'broader regional stability' and enhanced ties with the UAE." [27]

NATO has announced that it is prepared to extend its six-year-old NATO Training Mission - Iraq, which has trained over 10,000 military personnel - officers and troops - and internal security forces, beyond 2011. [28]

After the NATO summit in Portugal, an editorial in the Washington Post stated:

"NATO's Lisbon summit meeting last weekend was encouraging. All of the alliance's members - and the more than 20 other nations that have joined the international force in Afghanistan - signed on to a plan to continue the mission until at least the end of 2014....

"The Afghan experience....offers the United States the assurance that should it have to undertake wars such as Afghanistan in the future, it will not need to act alone." [29]

When a confrontation - or far worse - with Iran occurs, the U.S. and NATO will have military forces in place all around the nation.

1) Lisbon Summit: NATO Proclaims Itself Global Military Force
   Stop NATO, November 22, 2010
2) NATO In Persian Gulf: From Third World War To Istanbul
   Stop NATO, February 6, 2009
3) NATO's Role In The Military Encirclement Of Iran
   Stop NATO, February 10, 2010
4) The National, December 5, 2010
5) Arabian Sea: Center Of West's 21st Century War
   Stop NATO, October 25, 2010
6) Bloomberg News, May 20, 2010
7) Asian News International, November 25, 2010
8) Daily Times, November 28, 2010
9) Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, Is the U.S. Violating Turkmenistan's 
   Neutrality with the NDN?
   EurasiaNet, August 1, 2010
10) Kazakhstan: U.S., NATO Seek Military Outpost Between Russia And China
    Stop NATO, April 14, 2010
11) Central Asia Newswire, November 15, 2010
12) RTT News, November 29, 2010
13) Kyrgyzstan: Bloodstained Geopolitical Chessboard
    Stop NATO, June 16, 2010
14) Reuters, December 2, 2010
15) UzReport, December 3, 2010
16) Pentagon Chief In Azerbaijan: Afghan War Arc Stretches To Caspian And 
    Stop NATO, June 8, 2010
17) Atlantic Council: Securing The 21st Century For NATO
    Stop NATO, April 30, 2010
18) News.Az, November 26, 2010
19) Civil Georgia, December 3, 2010
20) International Institute for Strategic Studies, December 3, 2010
21) U.S. Department of State, March 22, 2010
22) Khaleej Times, December 5, 2010
23) Institute of Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA)
24) Zaman, November 30, 2010
25) Middle East Loses Trillions As U.S. Strikes Record Arms Deals
    Stop NATO, September 2, 2010
26) Arabian Sea: Center Of West's 21st Century War
    Stop NATO, October 25, 2010
27) The National, December 5, 2010
28) Iraq: NATO Assists In Building New Middle East Proxy Army
    Stop NATO, August 13, 2010
29) Washington Post, November 25, 2010
    NATO: Afghan War Model For Future 21st Century Operations
    Stop NATO, November 19, 2010


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Rick Rozoff has been involved in anti-war and anti-interventionist work in various capacities for forty years. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Is the manager of the Stop NATO international email list at:

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