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Blinken: Almost all Middle Eastern countries want US presence

 


Blinken: 

Almost all Middle

 Eastern countries want US presence


US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that 

"almost the entire Middle East wants the United States in the region."


This came during the Minister's address to the annual World Economic

 Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from January 15-19, where the Minister continued



In regions like the Middle East, where there

 are profound and painful challenges


I hear from almost every country that they want the United States to be

 present in the region, to be at the table, and to play an important and leading role."



With a convoluted past, the question of US military outposts in

the Middle East is complicated and contentious. Examining a variety of

elements is necessary to comprehend their existence, the existing state of

affairs

and possible future developments.




These aspects include:   

Beginnings & Development:

Cold War: At first

bases protected access to oil resources

 and acted 

as outposts against Soviet dominance.

Post-Cold War:

 After the fall of the Soviet Union

attention turned to fighting terrorism 

and advancing stability in the area.




Global War on Terror: 

The attacks of 2001 resulted in a greater combat operations presence

especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Present: 

The focus is now on fighting terrorist organizations

backing friends like Saudi Arabia and Israel, and thwarting Iranian aggression.




Permanent bases:

 Huge establishments that house thousands of

soldiers and act as regional centers include Qatar's Al Udeid Air Base.



Forward Operational Bases (FOBs): 

Transient outposts

frequently deployed for certain operations, nearer to combat areas.


Facilities for logistics and support: 

Essential for replenishing soldiers and carrying out missions.



Some believe that security is essential to maintaining regional peace 

and thwarting threats.

Sovereignty: Accused by some of violating the sovereignty of 

the host country and inflaming anti-American sentiment.


Economic benefits: Bases give host nations

 jobs and infrastructure investments.


Humanitarian considerations include the possibility of civilian casualties

 and issues with access to justice in situations involving American forces.