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#9
Frank Gardner is an extremely professional journalist with enormous expreince in the Middle east and extremely good connections (and some of his copy is from the well-respected RUSI stable under Prof Michael Clarke). Moreover, he is still a Maj in the TA, I believe.

Finally, 40 years after creating a power vacuum after the British removed themselves from the Gulf, the penny has clicked that this is still an important part of the world...
 
#14
I would ascribe high credibility to this. A region which has a huge amount of UK interests at stake, where the local rulers like us, and where we get good training areas and bases for a song. This isnt so much a new policy, more a quiet affirmation of what has been going on in the background for a few years.
My view is you'll see mainly RAF/RN out there, with Army training teams and exercises, but not garrisons as such. The likelihood is that you won't see a Cyprus equivalent, more a useful collection of facilities and locations which play semi-permanent host to interesting capabilities when it suits our needs.
 

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With the drop in tourism, the locals need to fill the hotels. RAF will take up the slack. :)

Obviously it will be for regs only: ARABs only no STABs.:winkrazz:
 
#19
I would ascribe high credibility to this. A region which has a huge amount of UK interests at stake, where the local rulers like us, and where we get good training areas and bases for a song. This isnt so much a new policy, more a quiet affirmation of what has been going on in the background for a few years.
My view is you'll see mainly RAF/RN out there, with Army training teams and exercises, but not garrisons as such. The likelihood is that you won't see a Cyprus equivalent, more a useful collection of facilities and locations which play semi-permanent host to interesting capabilities when it suits our needs.
Jimlad - are we the only people taking this article - and, more importantly the implications, seriously?
 

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