US Planning Troop Buildup in Gulf After Exit From Iraq

Thom Shanker & Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, October 30, 2011 MacDill Air Force Base, Florida - The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran. The plans, under discussion for months, gained new urgency after President Obama’s announcement this month that the last American soldiers would be brought home from Iraq by the end of December. ... US