Qatar hosts an estimated 10,000 U.S. troops, second only to Kuwait’s 15,000. Neighboring Bahrain is also vital to American interests in the region, home to the Naval Support Activity Bahrain, the U.S. Fifth Fleet and a substantial military presence at Isa Air Base.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Yemen, Libya’s eastern-based government and the Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, creating a new crisis in the Arab world. U.S. President Donald Trump quickly waded into the row, lambasting Qatar in a series of tweets. Joining the Gulf states in labeling Qatar a funder of extremism, Trump tweeted that his visit to Saudi Arabia “was already paying off” and that Monday’s developments could mark the “beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism.”
However, as Statista’s Nial McCarthy notes, despite Trump’s tweets and his accusations against Qatar, the country actually plays host to the largest U.S. base in the Middle East. Located southwest of Doha, Al Udeid Air Base hosts an estimated 10,000 U.S. troops and the facility has…
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