In this April 6, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Defense Department, Gulf Arab soldiers take part in the Eagle Resolve exercise in Kuwait City, Kuwait. (Staff Sgt. Frank O'Brien/U.S. Army Central via AP)
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The U.S. military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, trying to use its influence to end the monthslong dispute, authorities told the Associated Press Friday.While offering few details, the acknowledgement by the U.S. military's Central Command shows the concern it has over the conflict gripping the Gulf, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet and crucial bases for its campaign against Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, as well as the war in Afghanistan.Qatar is home to the massive Al-Udeid Air Base, the forward headquarters of Central Command that oversees the U.S.-led coalition's bombing campaign of Daesh and manages a direct line to Russia to manage Syria's crowded skies.The U.S. military holds exercises in part to build the confidence of local forces, many of which use American-made equipment.
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