While the Obama Administration announced that our troops were pulling out of Iraq, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are coming home. New reports state that the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf will increase dramatically after troop withdrawal from Iraq.
New troops and those leaving Iraq will be going to the Persian Gulf, most notably Kuwait, to “respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.”
Along with ground troops, the Pentagon is discussing sending more naval warships through international waters in the Persian Gulf. Are troops being sent home, being relocated or shifting position?
The Gulf Cooperation Council: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, are being sought for closer knit military ties with the United States. While the administration has reduced individual military connections with these countries, it is seeking a united front with the GCC. The objective is to create a “security architecture” for the Persian Gulf, utilizing air and naval patrols and missile defense.