27/06/2013

U.S. military base in Qatar for operations in Afghanistan

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Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saoudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base south of Doha, the Qatari capital.

Al Udeid Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة العديد الجوية) is also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport (Arabic:مطار أبو نخلة). It houses foreign coalition personnel and assets. It is host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces CentralNo. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF. In 1999, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad, reportedly told US officials that he would like to see as many as 10,000 US servicemen permanently stationed at Al Udeid.

Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, commandand basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

24/11/2012

Latest News Afghanistan

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On November 21th, General John Allen, the US general under investigation over a trove of 20,000 to 30,000 pages of correspondence – mostly emails – between himself and Mrs Kelley, a Florida woman who threw parties for military officers posted at US Central Command, has returned to Kabul to take up his 'duties' as commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan.

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General John R. Allen, Commander, International Security Assistance Force
Born December 15, 1953 (age 58)[1]
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1976–present
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held International Security Assistance Force
U.S. Forces Afghanistan
U.S. Central Command (Deputy Commander)
2nd Battalion, 4th Marines
2nd Battalion, 6th Marines
The Basic School
U.S. Naval Academy – Commandant of Midshipmen
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Leftwich Leadership Trophy