Media reports of US military buildup in the Emirates ‘baseless’: UAE

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Fri, 2023-10-13 16:05

LONDON: The UAE’s Ministry of Defence has denied media reports that the US is building up its military presence at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the country.

The Emirates News Agency, or WAM, reported the MoD saying in a statement on Thursday that the claims are “baseless” and that US military aircraft have been arriving at Al-Dhafra Air Base for several months on a routine basis. This is in accordance with pre-determined timetables and within the framework of the military cooperation between the UAE and the US, reported WAM.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden administration ordered that some aircraft be stationed in the UAE “to defend Israel and deter further attacks.” (AFP/File)
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