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Not The Onion: US Space Force Deploys To Middle East

•, Tyler Durden

The Chargé d'Affairs at the United States Embassy in Qatar, Greta C. Holtz, said on her Twitter account on Tuesday, that "Washington has deployed the first group of the space force at Al-Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar."

She added: "The deployment of the first group of members of the U.S. Space Force to Al-Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar represents the commitment of the United States and Qatar to continue building their strategic partnership in the future and in the space field."

The Space Force was established by a decision of U.S. President Donald Trump on December 21, 2019, and is the first to be established in the country in more than 70 years, and represents the sixth branch of the U.S. military.

The Associated Press provides the following details:

In a swearing-in ceremony earlier this month at Al-Udeid, 20 Air Force troops, flanked by American flags and massive satellites, entered Space Force. Soon several more will join the unit of "core space operators" who will run satellites, track enemy maneuvers and try to avert conflicts in space.