The U.S. Air Force deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar Saturday to join the fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
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The diplomatic crisis over Qatar is shining a spotlight on a facility that few Qataris have ever visited – the enormous Al-Udeid airbase, America's biggest in the Middle East.Home to some 10,000 U.S. troops, it is a crucial hub for U.S. military operations in the Middle East, especially the battle against Daesh (ISIS).Which is why many were surprised to see U.S. President Donald Trump publicly siding with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states after their dramatic decision this week to break off ties with Qatar.Among these advantages is allowing the U.S. Air Force to land B-52 bombers used in airstrikes on Syria.Among those to have served at Al-Udeid since it opened in 2005 is current U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in his role as head of U.S. Central Command.Krieg added that Al-Udeid is eyed jealously by the UAE, which would love the base to be relocated.
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