Qatar-USA: American soldiers stay for ten more years

Renewed agreement for military cooperation

11 December, 14:38

    (ANSAmed) - DOHA, December 11 - On Tuesday, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Qatar Minister of Defense Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiya signed the Defense Cooperation Agreement, which will keep American soldiers on the military base of Al Udeid in Qatar for the next ten years. The agreement, which also includes training of Qatari military forces, is of significant importance since Al Udeid allows the US to keep watch over military and commercial activity in the Persian Gulf, particularly in Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria.

    US Air Force Colonel Mike Schnabel, director of combat operations, told The Wall Street Journal, "There is no active fight going on in the Arabian Gulf but we are prepared if there was some type of flare-up." US military presence on Qatari soil is a strong deterrent for countries in the region that could have hostile intentions towards the country. Qatar has invested heavily in arms in the last few years, but the number of its army fluctuates, as Qatar has a population of less than two million, of which only 300,000 are Qatari citizens. (ANSAmed).

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