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U.S. is planning military buildup in Gulf after exit from Iraq

Sgt. Walter Washington, of Eastern Shore, Md., with the 68th Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, cinches down cargo that came from closing bases throughout Iraq at Sather Air Base's Central Receiving and Shipping Point yard. The items are headed to Contingency Operating Base Adder, a U.S. Base in Tallil, Iraq, to support the enduring operation there.

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By Published: October 29, 2011

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

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