Hagel tours a low-profile US base in Qatar, sees it as symbol of longtime commitment to region

  • by: LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 10, 2013 - 12:10 PM

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — The U.S. air operations center in Qatar has long been a hub where combat sorties into Iraq and Afghanistan were tracked and international forces kept watch over hotspots in the Persian Gulf and western Mediterranean Sea. But for years it's kept a low profile in a region sometimes reluctant to advertise its significant U.S. military presence.

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