U.S. is planning military buildup in Gulf after exit from Iraq
The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, The New York Times reported, citing officials and diplomats.
After unsuccessfully pressing both the Obama administration and the Iraqi government to permit as many as 20,000 American troops to remain in Iraq beyond 2011, the Pentagon is now drawing up an alternative, the Times said.
Those plans could include stationing new combat forces in Kuwait who could respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a confrontation with Iran; sending more naval warship to the region; and expanding military ties with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Read more about the Pentagon's post-withdrawal plans from The New York Times