US to Deploy Military Bases in Azerbaijan

BAKU (Interfax)–The US and Azeri governmen’s have agreed on the deployment of US military bases in Azerbaijan–the Azerbaijani newspaper Echo reported–citing the US-Israeli strategic analysis and forecast center Stratfor.

"These forces will start to be brought into the country this year–and taking into account the huge significance of the Caucasus region for the US–the American military presence here will be long-term. Moreover–the first US units will arrive in Azerbaijan within the next several weeks," reads an article published in the Saturday issue of Echo.

Citing sources in the Azerbaijani government–Stratfor analysts said Washington and Baku reached the final agreement on this issue during US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s low-profile visit to the Azerbaijani capital on April 12.

Under the agreement–US forces will be deployed in Kurdamir–Nasosnaya–and Guyullah. Various types of aircraft will be deployed at all the three bases–which have runways modernized for US military needs.

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