U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this afternoon that his nation’s armed forces would be expanding their military base in the small nation of Qatar.
According to Pompeo, the U.S. was planning to expand its Al-Uleid Military Base after successful talks with the Qatari regime.
Al-Udeid is already the largest US military base in the Middle East.
The military base in Qatar is home to the US Air Force Central Command (AFCENT). It houses as many as 11,000 personnel and is critical for the projection of US air power in the region.
Last year, Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said that the government of Qatar was expanding US military’s al-Udeid Air Base and sought to make the facility and US presence there “permanent.”