U.S. - Mideast Assets

The Pentagon is increasing its communications capacity in the Middle East and may build command and control facilities that duplicate those already in Saudi Arabia. This "redundancy" would allow U.S. forces to operate in the region — to attack Iraq, for example — without Saudi Arabia's cooperation. Saudi Arabia has said it does not want to be involved in such an attack. The Pentagon is also repositioning ammunition and other equipment from Saudi Arabia to other Gulf States. NPR's Tom Gjelten reports.

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