It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

US and UK Forces Establish 'enduring bases' in Iraq

page: 1
0

log in

join
share:

posted on Apr, 2 2006 @ 02:50 PM
link   

Independant

Despite talk of withdrawal 'when the job is done', there are signs that coalition troops will be there for the long term.

The Pentagon has revealed that coalition forces are spending millions of dollars establishing at least six "enduring" bases in Iraq - raising the prospect that US and UK forces could be involved in a long-term deployment in the country. It said it assumed British troops would operate one of the bases.

Almost ever since President Bush claimed an end to "major combat operations" in Iraq on 1 May 2003, debate has focused on how quickly troops could be withdrawn. The US and British governments say troops will remain in Iraq "until the job is done". Yet while the withdrawal of a substantial number of troops remains an aim, it has become increasingly clear that the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are preparing to retain some forces in Iraq for the longer term. The US currently has around 130,000 troops in Iraq; Britain has 8,000.

He added: "Right now, I don't have any information that tells me which nationality will comprise the remaining two bases, though my assumption is that at least one will be run by the Brits." An MoD spokesperson said British forces were currently operating out of eight bases in southern Iraq, with a small contingent based in Baghdad, and that "discussions with coalition forces relating to future basing are still at a very early stage. Nothing has been agreed."

The official added: "We have no intention of remaining, or indeed retaining bases in Iraq long-term. We will leave Iraq as soon as the democratically elected Iraqi government is confident that its security forces have the capability and capacity to counter terrorism and to preserve the security of democracy there."

The Pentagon says it has already reduced the number of US bases from 110 a year ago to a current total of around 75. But at the same time it is expanding a number of vast, highly defended bases, some in the desert away from large population areas. More than $280m (£160m) has already been spent on building up Al Asad air base, Balad air base, Camp Taji and Tallil air base, and the Bush administration has this year requested another $175m to enlarge them. These bases, which currently house more than 55,000 troops, have their own bus routes, pizza restaurants and supermarkets.

Man - you gotta love those Official Spokesperson of the Defence ministries!

They are building PERMANENT military bases, yet they do not have ANY intention of Remaining there!



They contradict themselves in the same statement!

So - if the "Job is Finished" and the "Mission is Accomplished", how come permanent Military strongholds, bases and Fortresess are being built?

Nobody is leaving Iraq anytime soon people.

Expect MORE reinforcements to arrive in Middle East.


Related ATS Threads:
One Hundred And Six Permanent US Military Bases In Iraq
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Asia’s Poor Build U.S. Bases in Iraq
$592 Million US Embassy In Baghdad Under Construction

Related News
14 US`enduring bases' set in Iraq - Long-term military presence planned
US bases in Iraq: sticky politics, hard math
U.S. Military Bases in Iraq Could Signal Long-Term Stay
US military to build four giant new bases in Iraq

[edit on 2/4/06 by Souljah]




posted on Apr, 2 2006 @ 02:56 PM
link   
Topic covered here:

www.abovetopsecret.com...

Feel free to continue to post there.

Closed.



new topics
 
0

log in

join