The Sultanate’s proximity to a host of war-torn countries in the Arabian Peninsula, West Asia, and Africa exposes Oman to dangerous transnational terror threats.
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Out of all of the Sultanate’s alliances, Oman’s relationship with the United States is particularly important. Since September 11, 2001, Muscat has partnered with the U.S. in Washington’s “war on terror.”
Oman fully supported the U.S. military campaign against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, permitting the U.S. to use facilities in the Sultanate for its operations in Afghanistan.
Likewise, although Oman publicly opposed the George W. Bush administration’s decision to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, the Sultanate “quietly provided some logistical military support” to the U.S. during that war.
After the Islamic State ascended to power in the Levant in 2013/2014, Oman joined the US-led coalition to defeat it, albeit without directly participating in any military operations in Iraq or Syria.
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