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Wall Street Journal: US Could Deploy Military to Central Asia After Afghan Withdrawal

The May 8 edition of the Wall Street Journal ran a feature titled Afghan Pullout Leaves U.S. Looking for Other Places to Station Its Troops which explores options the Pentagon is entertaining to station troops and equipment for an ongoing military role in Afghanistan.

The article mentions three options: basing military personnel and hardware in Central Asian nations; concentrating them in the Middle East, particularly in the Persian Gulf (identified by the newspaper more than once as the Arab Gulf), including the U.S.’s largest base in the region at Doha, Qatar, and over a dozen other bases “in countries stretching from Kuwait to Oman”); and using aircraft carriers and their strike groups for power projection in the South Asian nation.

The Central Asian nations mentioned in the piece as prospective locations were Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. U.S. special representative for Afghanistan (the State Department’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation), Zalmay Khalilzad, visited both countries last week. (Khalilzad was U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2004-2005, ambassador to Iraq from 2005-2007 and ambassador to the United Nations from 2007-2009.)

Positioning, or as will be seen later, repositioning the U.S. military in Central Asia would directly antagonize both Russia and China. Of the five former Soviet republics in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan border China and Kazakhstan borders both China and Russia.

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