Two American secret military bases in Qatar
Qatar-USA, Politics, 7/1/2002
According to reports on an expected military strike against Iraq, based on the principle of the US President George Bush provided for directing "preventive strikes" to prevent any "terrorist" attack against the US, news reports disclosed the traits and characteristics of the Qatari "Aided" military base, the headquarters of the American forces in Qatar which is a candidate, according to predicted news reports to replace the Saudi Prince Sultan military base.
The report discloses that there were other two military bases in Qatar used by the American forces as warehouses and relief centers in case of war, but the Qatari government, and according to the reports, prevents the American from declaring publicly the two bases.
A media profile was circulate on the American journalists who accompanied the US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to Qatar in June saying that the only military base the Qatari government permits talking about is "Aided " base.
Meantime, the commander of the American forces working in the Middle East Gen. Tommy Francs loomed the possibility of closing Prince Sultan base in Saudi Arabia when he said he does not have plans to "transfer the observation center" in the region. He added that this does not means "I do not have plans to minimize the base." Francs also did not hide the possibility to transferring the leadership center which is in Florida to Qatar.
Nevertheless, the Americans refuse to talk about their planes stationed in "Aided " base and this is under the pretext of the Qatari demands which state not to talk about the American military presence.
Despite the Qatari reservations not to talk about the American military presence, the report disclosed that there are two other military bases used by the American forces. One is in the outskirts of the Qatari capital, Doha, under the name of "al-Seleyah camp," used as a warehouse for trucks and military vehicles as well as ammunition for almost 5,000 troopers.
The other base which is called "snoopy" adjoins Doha airport and is basically used as a logistic center to which by air are transported tons of foodstuffs, medicaments and fuel to provide the American troopers stationed in the region.
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