In an unprecedented move, the United States has shifted its operations from Qatar to South Carolina overnight. The Al Udeid Air Base seems to have been the only major reason why Trump has gone out of his way to maintain good relations with the wealthy but tiny Arab country.
The command center for fighter jets, bombers, drones, and other Air Force assets in the region was established in Qatar, to be war ready to the close arch-enemy Iran. The base is said to be hosting over 11,000 U.S. and U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition forces and over 100 operational aircraft. The base stretched from Northeast Africa through the Middle East to South Asia.
Political bigwigs feel that the command center is being moved in anticipation of warlike conditions developing with Iran which is merely a few hundred miles away from the Qatar base.
It seems that the pretext of the situation calming down in Afghanistan has also become the ground for the command base to move, as overnight almost 300 planes loaded with personnel flew off to 7000 miles away into South Carolina.
Air Force officials are suspecting that repeated attacks by Iran show that they are out to damage Islamic facilities and might attack US assets which are helping their allies like Saudi Arabia.
The Al Udied Air Base is the largest that the US has outside its own borders and its destruction could literally cripple the American and Saudi Arabian led coalition forces, which were until now docked at the base. The base was equipped with more of high altitude weaponry rather than the kind employed by Iran that is the low altitude and unmanned.
Douglas Barrie, a senior fellow specializing in aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, has commented while speaking to the Washington Post, “ The bases’ defensive systems, which include Patriot batteries and other high-end missile defenses, are designed mostly to combat planes and ballistic missiles that come in fast and from a high altitude, rather than low-flying cruise missiles and drones like those believed to have been used in the attack on the Saudi oil facilities.”
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