USA suspends military exercises with Gulf countries

Lester Mason
October 6, 2017

The United States has halted some war games with Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing crisis in Qatar in an attempt use its influence to end the dispute, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"We are opting out of some military exercises out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness and shared regional interests", US Central Command told AP.

Qatar Crisis on June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, with charge of supporting terrorist organisations by launching an economic and political embargo on Qatar by cutting diplomatic ties and closing land and airspace Started.

The US Central Command, Colonel John Thomas, announced that the decision was made in an effort to rebuke the Arab countries entangled in a months-long diplomatic spat with Qatar, which was said to have eroded counterterrorism cooperation in the region.

Doha sent a wide-ranging legal complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge the trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE.

The U.S. military is closely monitoring diplomatic tensions in the gulf region, which hosts the Fifth Fleet and important U.S. bases for the operation against ISIS and the Taliban. It has military bases in several of the counties, including Qatar which hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East. This year's Eagle Resolve was held in Kuwait in March and involved about 1,000 US troops. "It is likely an indication to longstanding security and defense partners that US patience on this spat is not open-ended and is rapidly drawing to a close".

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