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More U.S. jets set for Kuwait

Kuwait has agreed to allow the United States to station a squadron of warplanes there as part of a broad effort to curb Iraqi military power, the Pentagon said Thursday.

As part of the effort to strengthen the American military presence in the region, the Pentagon also said that the United States would store a brigade's worth of armor in Qatar. Last week, Kuwait agreed that the number of tanks that the United States could store on its territory could be expanded to a brigade.

With the new deployment, the number of warplanes in the Arabian peninsula will be about 130.

The planes will be used to enforce Washington's demand that Iraqi Republican Guard forces keep their distance from Kuwait.

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