US to Bolster Gulf Presence after Iraq Pullout

Reuters01.11.2011 North America
US to Bolster Gulf Presence after Iraq Pullout

US to Bolster Gulf Presence after Iraq Pullout

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The United States is planning to bolster its military presence in the Gulf after it pulls out its remaining troops from Iraq, the New York Times reported in its online edition on Sunday.

President Barack Obama said on October 21 that he had decided to withdraw all US troops from Iraq by the end of the year and the paper said that US Military Officers and Diplomats worried that the withdrawal could bring instability to the region.

It said Washington was negotiating to maintain a combat presence on the ground in Kuwait and was considering deploying more warships in the area. No one at the Pentagon was immediately available to comment.     

The United States also wanted to expand its military ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, it said.

The proposal needed approval by GCC leaders who are due to meet in the Saudi capital Riyadh in December, the paper said.


Source: Reuters; The New York Times; Photo: EPA



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