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Another quick query -- Does anyone have any recommendations for sources or information themselves about the understanding between the US and Saudi Arabia for the hosting of US air bases on Saudi soil, and bombing therefrom? Just that: (a) the recent raid on Baghdad was (in part) from planes flown from Saudi Arabia. (b) the Sauds have denounced the raids (see, eg., Gulf News, 22/2/01, at: http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=10281: "Saudi Arabia joins denunciation of Iraq strike") (c) the US commanders have said that they did not seek special Saudi permission before the latest strike, carried out from its territory: (http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2001/t02162001_t216iraq.html -- Q: Because the parameters of this strike were slightly different, did you seek or receive Saudi Arabia's permission before you launched it? Did you inform them of it? Adm. Quigley: "Not that I'm aware of, no." - from immediately after the strike) (d) in the February 1998 dispute, which everyone thought would lead to strikes on Iraq, Saud told the US not to bomb from his territory, which the US agreed to. There are already a number of sources I know on politics in Saudi, both in print and on the web (eg http://www.biu.ac.il/SOC/besa/meria/journal/1999/issue4/jv3n4a4.html). There's also quite extensive resources on the military / logistical side of the military operations from Saudi territory, especially: http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/ops/southern_watch.htm (the official site, http://www.eucom.mil/operations/osw/index.htm, still claims French participation - does someone want to tell them??) I'm looking here for any info on what practical role the Sauds have in overseeing the operation of "Southern Watch"; whether there are elements within the regime who are seeking to strengthen that role; whether the US has broken any "tacit agreement" by not notifying the Saudis of their recent escalation; and if anybody seriously thinks they'll be changes in the nature of the US-Saudi military relationship after these strikes (discounting the possibility of an overthrow of the Saudi regime). Of course, the Sauds can't be that opposed to the strikes, or they would tell the USAF to find a new home -- but I'm thinking more of understanding the tensions that arisen between the two governments as a result of recent events. Thanks for any help you can offer. Best, Glen Rangwala Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Free School Lane Cambridge CB2 3RQ UK Tel: 44 (0)1223 334535 Fax (shared): 44 (0)1223 334550 Home tel: 44 (0)1223 515183 -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk