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War Drums? U.S. Military Building Missile Defense Radar Station in Qatar


"extra layer of defense."

On the heels of the defense secretary announcing his approved late last week to send an aircraft carrier to the Middle East several months early to make sure at least two carriers will constantly be present in the troubled region, the Wall Street Journal reports today of another defense effort to "[organize the Pentagon's] biggest-ever minesweeping exercises in the Persian Gulf."

The WSJ reports the Pentagon is building a missile-defense radar station in Qatar to address the potential for "Tehran's arsenal of ballistic missiles and its threat to shut down the oil-shipping lanes of the Strait of Hormuz by mining them."

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