Satellite Images Reveal U.S. Military Base in Qatar

August 07, 2002

In just a moment we are going to be talking about the report that came out yesterday in the Washington Post on a briefing last month for a top Pentagon advisory panel that depicted Saudi Arabia as an enemy to the United States and a backer of terrorism. In recent months, the Saudis have said they would not provide the US with the kind of support they did in the Gulf War, if the Bush administration decides to launch a massive attack on Iraq. Saudi Arabia shares a large border with Iraq and was the main launching ground for the US forces during the war. The US has now begun shifting its operations to the Gulf state of Qatar. Satellite photos published yesterday in the NY Post show just how far U.S. preparations for war with Iraq have advanced. The images were taken by the commercial satellite company Digital Globe.


  • Tim Brown, Senior Analyst at, a defense think tank based in Alexandria, Virginia. He is an expert on satellite analysis.