Monday, June 4, 2007

U.S. plans airbase at Kleiaat, Lebanon

by Franklin Lamb from The Arab American News

As residents of Bibnin Akkar, less than two miles from the site of the proposed U.S. base, and the Lebanese daily newspaper "Aldiyar" speculate, construction of a U.S. airbase on the grounds of the largely abandoned airbase at Klieaat in northern Lebanon may begin late this year. To make the project more palatable, it is being promoted as a "US/NATO" base that will serve as the headquarters of a NATO rapid deployment force, helicopter squadrons, and Special Forces units. The base will provide training for the Lebanese army and security forces fighting Salafi Islamist fundamentalists and for other needs.

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