As a result, the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar was left empty on Saturday and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina was put in charge of controlling US operations from 7,000 miles away.
“The functions that the CAOC provides for air power are so critical and so essential that we can’t afford to have a single point of failure,” Major General B. Chance Saltzman stated, using an acronym for the center.
“Frankly, as the war against ISIS (also known as Daesh or ISIL) winds down and as we continue to work through a potential peace process in Afghanistan, the region is calming down and potentially more stable than it has been in decades, except for Iran,” he alleged.
Tehran has for several times underlined that given the increasing power of Iran, the American forces should leave the region.
Iranian President Hassad Rouhani has recently stated that foreign military presence in the Middle East has put energy security and peace in serious danger, adding that trans-regional forces should leave the region if they are honestly concerned about security.
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