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U.S. Planning Troop Buildup in Gulf After Exit From Iraq

October 31, 2011
Thom Shanker and Steven Lee Myers, NY Times

The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.

The plans, under discussion for months, gained new urgency after President Obama’s announcement this month that the last American soldiers would be brought home from Iraq by the end of December. Ending the eight-year war was a central pledge of his presidential campaign, but American military officers and diplomats, as well as officials of several countries in the region, worry that the withdrawal could leave instability or worse in its wake.

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  1. November 2, 2011 1:14 am

    IT sound like a defensive position to me given Iran recent threat in the
    area. But, with Netanyahu recent pressuring of his Council to attack Iran immediately. In that case let us hope it is made clear we are looking out for our own defense and Netanyahu should not gamble on falling back on us to invade.
    Israel aside, the defensive measure being taken by us are a traditional way to say “cease and desist” we will respond with full force. This is assuming Washington is finally thinking of US interest not Neocon global domain.

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