Two leading US defence entities have refuted the reports that the Americans are planning to leave the Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar.
The unfounded story also said the US is leaving the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
The US Central Command said that the reports by some media outlets in the blockading countries are “false” and without any “merit”
“The US is not leaving Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, nor is the US leaving Al Udeid AB, Qatar. These reports are false and without merit,” The US Central Command said on its official twitter handle.
The US is not leaving Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, nor is the US leaving Al Udeid AB, Qatar. These reports are false and without merit.
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) March 25, 2018
Further rebutting the fake news, US Air Force Central Command said: “There is zero credibility to news reports asserting the US is leaving Incirlik and Al Udeid air bases in Turkey and Qatar. These unhelpful reports feed mistrust and division among regional partners at a time when we need to work together to address shared security concerns.”
Al Udeid serves as one of the most important overseas US military bases with operations throughout the Middle East launched from Qatar.
Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs H E Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah had said in Washington in January that Doha will expand the American airbase that currently houses about 10,000 US military personnel.
The expansion at the Al Udeid base – home of the US Air Force Central Command – will allow for 200 more housing units for officers and their families, al-Attiyah said.