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Port of Duqm

... The recently opened British-Omani Duqm Naval Dockyard was designed with the intent of hosting ships from friendly nations for repair and maintenance.

... Recently expanded facilities at Duqm have allowed for the repair and maintenance of U.S. Navy vessels.

... Capable of supporting U.S. aircraft carriers and submarines.

... Duqm is attracting the interest of many countries, including India, Iran, the U.K., the U.S., and China.

Port of Salalah

... Largest port in Oman.

... The Defense Logistics Agency operated a recently opened material processing center providing material trans-shipment, short-term storage and delivery functions for visiting U.S. Navy vessels and other U.S. customers in the U.S. Central Command AOR.

Qatar

Qatar hosts approximately 10,000 U.S. service personnel, mostly at Al Udeid Air Base. Since the 1990s, Qatari base construction strategy has been deliberately intended to attract the United States to its facilities. As the U.S. withdrew the majority of its forces from Saudi Arabia in 2003 following the initial invasion of Iraq, basing in Qatar allowed for the permanent redeployment of those assets. The U.S. has relied heavily on its basing in Qatar to conduct the counter-ISIS military mission, Operation Inherent Resolve.

Al Udeid Air Base

... Biggest U.S. base in the Middle East.

... Home to U.S. Combined Air Operations Center, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command Central Forward, and CENTCOM Forward HQ.

... Built in 1996 at a cost of $1 billion before Qatar had an air force and a total of $4 billion to fund the base since.

... Qatar is currently expanding the base with 200 additional housing units.

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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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