September 30, 2019

US temporarily moves Middle East command amid Iran tension

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: The National

Journalist Joyce Karam

The US Air Force temporarily moved its Middle East command and control from Qatar to South Carolina at the weekend in a move considered to be a signal to Iran.

The shift in the control of air operations from Al Udeid Air Base to Shaw in South Carolina, first reported first by The Washington Post, took place on Saturday and was "planned for a while,” a US source told The National.

This is the first time the US command had been moved out of the region since it was established in Saudi Arabia during the 1991 Gulf war.

Al Udeid took back control on Sunday after 24 hours of the tactical move.

Air Force officials told The Post that recent incidents involving Iran helped to add urgency to the project.

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...