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

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... The existence of the Al Udeid air base allowed for the relocation of U.S. assets previously stationed at Prince Sultan Airbase, Saudi Arabia in 2003. This move addressed a common grievance against the U.S. among Muslim populations.

... Two 12,000+ foot runways, 78 capable of supporting all aircraft in the U.S. arsenal.

Camp As Sayliyah

... An Army operated facility that can store joint equipment.

... Serves as a prepositioning point for one brigade's worth of armored equipment.

... Features a large number of climate controlled warehouse units.

... Also featured a Stryker Damage Repair facility which repaired hundreds of Stryker vehicles damaged in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan until the repair facility's closure in 2014.

Saudi Arabia

The U.S. withdrew the vast majority of its forces in 2003, as the invasion of Iraq eliminated the need for a troop presence in Saudi Arabia. Today, many of the American military personnel still in Saudi Arabia are part of the U.S. Military Training Mission, and do not provide an operational combat capability. Undoubtedly, USMTM personnel travel and work at different Saudi bases to complete their mission, but the primary "basing" point is Eskan Village near Riyadh.

Eskan Village

... Features fully furnished villas for U.S. personnel.

... Serves as a housing facility for U.S. military personnel, primarily those assigned to the U.S. Military Training Mission.

... Also hosts Army personnel of the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program and Ministry of the Interior Military Assistance Group.

... Base not intended for combat operations. Base security provided by 341st Military Police Company.

Syria

The U.S. withdrew from its 22 bases in Syria in October 2019 but has returned to six of them in northeast Syria. U.S. forces in Syria are primarily guarding Syrian oil facilities.

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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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