UAE, Other Arab Nations Restrict US Ability to Launch Airstrikes from Its Territory

Arab countries don't want to be perceived as supporting the Israeli slaughter in Gaza and some want better relations with Iran

The UAE and other Arab nations are increasingly restricting the US’s ability to launch airstrikes from their soil as the US has been bombing Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, POLITICO reported on Wednesday.

The US relies on its military presence in several Arab nations to support its wars in the Middle East. Basing and overflights are being restricted as the populations of the Arab states don’t want to appear too supportive of the US as it backs the Israeli slaughter in Gaza.

The Jordanian government has come under increasing criticism from its citizens and members of parliament for its military relationship with the US after three US troops were killed at a secretive base in northeast Jordan on the Syrian border.

Sources told POLITICO that another reason the UAE and other unnamed Arab states are restricting US operations is because they seek better relations with Iran. “They don’t want to appear like they’re against Iran, and they don’t want to appear too close to the West and Israel for public opinion reasons,” one Western official said.

The UAE and Kuwait restored diplomatic relations with Iran in 2022, which was followed by Saudi Arabia last year. The diplomatic push threw a wrench in the US and Israel’s plans to form an anti-Iran NATO-style alliance in the region, which was a key goal of the Abraham Accords.

The US has supported the UAE and Saudi Arabia in a brutal war against the Houthis in Yemen since 2015, but a ceasefire between the warring sides has held relatively well since April 2022. Now, neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE have shown any interest in getting involved with the US’s new war against the Houthis, which has involved around 30 rounds of missile strikes since January 12.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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