US trains Gulf air forces for war with Iran (By Tim Shipman in

The American air force is working with military leaders from the Gulf to train and prepare Arab air forces for a possible war with Iran, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

An air warfare conference in Washington last week was told how American air chiefs have helped to co-ordinate intelligence-sharing with Gulf Arab nations and organise combined exercises designed to make it easier to fight together.

Gen Michael Mosley, the US Air Force chief of staff, used the conference to seek closer links with allies whose support America might need if President George W Bush chooses to bomb Iran…

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  1. Daartegenover:US Loses Ground in the Arab GulfThe attacks of September 11, 2001 and the strong US criticism of Saudi Arabia in its aftermath set the course for a change in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy towards a gradual disengagement from the US. In fact by the time of the Arab Summit in 2007, Saudi King Abdullah described the US presence in Iraq as "illegal occupation" and de facto legitimized the Iraqi resistance movement;
    Whether this represents a real shift in the Kingdom’s policy remains an issue of contention. Skeptics have pointed to the traditional historical friendship between Saudi Arabia and the US, and recalled the close strategic ties both states had established over the years on a quid pro quo basis: Saudi oil for US military protection. ..
    Behind the scenes, however, not only the Saudis but the other GCC states as well have in fact started to lose confidence in the US. The frank statement of Saudi King Abdullah at the Arab Summit was more than just ‘background noise’; it was the result of the increasing and growing dissatisfaction of the region’s leaderships with US policies and attitudes since September 11 and the US invasion in Iraq. The result is a vanishing confidence in the US capability to deal with the threats challenging the region with some regional states are no longer sure whether the US is capable and willing to defend its Gulf allies in case of a military attack. This is the most critical point in the US-GCC relationship today.
    The crisis in confidence can be attributed to two key factors…
    The US status as power broker in the Middle East is also shaky to say the least. Caught between the host of problems with Iran and Syria, the war of attrition in Iraq, and increasing pressure from rival domestic interest groups in Washington, the Bush administration seems neither capable nor willing to revive the Arab-Israeli peace process even though analysts from the region and the West have long urged that the solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict is the key to achieving long term stability in the Middle East.
    The lack of any serious US initiative to deal with the Arab-Israeli conflict led Saudi Arabia to take on a mediatory role and push for the revival of the Arab peace plan first announced in 2002.
    Meanwhile, the US has officially criticized the Saudi efforts to settle the Hamas-PLO conflict and referred to the Mecca agreement which was brokered in February 2007 under the supervision of the Saudi King as “unhelpful.”..

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