(PRESS-TV) – The US plans to build an air base in northern Lebanon, in an area which borders Syria and is hardly 140 km from Damascus, sources say.
The American air base will also be located 22 air miles (40 km) from Tartous, Syria’s main naval base and the Russian Mediterranean fleet’s command center.
“According to US plan six military bases will be set up, three in Iraq, one in Jordan, one in Saudi Arabia and one in Lebanon. It is believed that the Lebanese government is approving the establishment of the base and the name of the base will be the US-Lebanese Center for Rehabilitation of the Army in order to cover the real activity of the base,” Amin Hotait, a retired army colonel told Press TV.
According to reports the Bush Administration gave the go-ahead for the plan following the talks with Chief of the US Central Command Admiral William Fallon and Lebanese officials on July 29.
The air base will bring the American military back to Lebanon after a 25-year absence. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan pulled US troops out of the country.
The US Air Force engineers and technicians have begun work on the new air base.
Unbelievable, though I suppose I should have instead been asking what’s taken them so long. :)
This possibility has been discussed for quite some time (Moon of Alabama, et c.). Do you remember the Lebanese offensive in that refugee camp that just happens to lie on the supply road of the new base?
You guys realize Press TV is an Iranian outfit right?
yes, indeed, this is what I use their RSS on this blog and why I often re-post their articles here.
These plans have been flying around since 2003. The renewed effort on the part of the US however, at this juncture in Lebanese politics, is especially important because it clearly attempts to displace the national and unbiased position of the Army towards the political split.
This can have disastrous effects for Lebanon. Unfortunately what was predicted by Sey. Hersh before a few months on US policy towards the Middle East seems to be spot on.
Here come the resource wars.
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