This was a blurb on a few feeds, and the source here is PressTV, which means I had to find it at least one other reputable place on the interwebs before posting it, but it looks like it’s legit. And at first blush this isn’t all that remarkable. Except for a couple of things: the largest US airbase in the Middle East? In Qatar.
For those of you just joining us from home, Qatar’s still in the middle of battling with neighboring Gulf states against charges that Doha’s been funding terrorists and they need to knock it off. Also stop cozying up to Iran.
And even though the Cheeto-in-Chief has said he could do without the facilities at Al Udeid back in July, that’s just not workable for US interests in the region. It’s been key to supporting the air war against ISIS, and promises to continue play a key role as the Americans attempt to continue and project military power in the region.
If we can get past the pot and kettle hilarity of Riyadh saying someone else is sponsoring terrorism, this is an important step by Doha. Because while the office is small, the Qataris are making it clear that they’re still relying on the US at some level and, more importantly, that they support the American approach to counter-terrorism.