America Plans Permanent Military Bases In Iraq:
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The Reality on the Ground!
Surprise! America Plans
Permanent Military Bases In Iraq
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
The United States is planning to establish up to four
long-term military bases in Iraq. The proposal would
transform America's ability to project its power in
the Middle East. Future arrangements depend largely
on who takes over as leader of Iraq. However, Baghdad
International Airport, Tallil in southern Iraq, the
H-1 airstrip in the west and Bashur airfield in Kurdistan
have been identified as potential bases.
"There will be some kind of a long-term defence
relationship with a new Iraq, similar to Afghanistan,"
a senior Bush administration official said. "The
scope of that has yet to be defined - whether it will
be 'full-up' operational bases, smaller forward operating
bases or plain access."
One reason senior officials in the Pentagon favour
Ahmad Chalabi, of the exile group the Iraqi National
Congress, as the new leader is that he would be pro-American
and happy to facilitate US bases. Mr Chalabi told ABC
television yesterday: "It is up to the Iraqi parliament
and the Iraqi people to decide whether they will want
a military association of the United States. "But
it is my view that a strategic alliance between Iraq
and the United States is a very good thing for both."
The plan for bases does not mean US troops would remain
as an occupying force indefinitely.
The bases would be used primarily to help with reconstructing
Iraq. But their proximity to Syria and Iran could help
the US to apply added pressure on those countries. With
US troops also stationed in Afghanistan, Iran is now
almost surrounded by American forces. One senior official
said US bases in Iraq would "make Syria and Iran
nervous". Colin Powell, the secretary of state,
said last week: "We have been successful in Iraq.
There is a new dynamic in that part of the world."
The new bases would also enable America to scale back
its presence in Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Permanent US
bases in Iraq would be just one element of a dramatic
change in America's strategic posture since the September
11 attacks. The bulk of American troops in Germany are
likely to be withdrawn in favour of "lilypad"
bases used as short-notice stopping-off points.
Source: ALM Pakistan Branch
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