On The Ground In Qatar

While President Bush says he hasn't yet decided whether to go to war with Iraq, the U.S. is giving Saddam Hussein every indication that a reckoning is near. In recent weeks, with quiet but gathering urgency, the Pentagon has been moving its forces into the Persian Gulf theater to prepare for battle. More than 50,000 troops are now deployed in the gulf--5,000 of them at bases in Qatar, the roughly Connecticut-size emirate that serves as a headquarters for the military's Central Command and its chief, General Tommy Franks, who would direct any operation against Iraq. Last week 1,000 U.S. and British...

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