US forces monitor Mideast skies at Qatar base amid World Cup


              In this handout photo from the U.S. Air Force, an airman is seen at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Aug. 24, 2022. As over a million World Cup fans fill stadiums with cheers and carry heady optimism through the streets of Doha, some 8,000 American troops are running air wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hotspots in the Middle East mere miles away. (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Brenden Beezley, via AP)
            
              In this handout photo from the U.S. Air Force, an airman guides an F-16 Fighting Falcon during training at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Jan. 24, 2022. As over a million World Cup fans fill stadiums with cheers and carry heady optimism through the streets of Doha, some 8,000 American troops are running air wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hotspots in the Middle East mere miles away. (U.S. Air Force/Capt. Mahalia Frost, via AP)
            
              A 3D-printed model of a MQ-9 Reaper drone is seen at at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. As over a million World Cup fans fill stadiums with cheers and carry heady optimism through the streets of Doha, some 8,000 American troops are running air wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hotspots in the Middle East mere miles away. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              U.S. Air Force Airman Robert Linzy's laptop bears stickers at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. As over a million World Cup fans fill stadiums with cheers and carry heady optimism through the streets of Doha, some 8,000 American troops are running air wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hotspots in the Middle East mere miles away. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              U.S. Air Force Airman Robert Linzy gestures at his laptop in a workspace for Task Force 99 at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. As over a million World Cup fans fill stadiums with cheers and carry heady optimism through the streets of Doha, some 8,000 American troops are running air wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hotspots in the Middle East mere miles away. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              U.S. Air Force Capt. Barrett Kopel stands in a workspace for Task Force 99 while listening to a colleague at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. As over a million World Cup fans fill stadiums with cheers and carry heady optimism through the streets of Doha, some 8,000 American troops are running air wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hotspots in the Middle East mere miles away. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Erin Brilla smiles while listening to a colleague at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. As World Cup fans throng stadium in Qatar, some 8,000 nearby American troops watch over the airspace of the Middle East from a massive air base run by this energy-rich nation. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              In this handout photo from the U.S. Air Force, pilots from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron land a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 16, 2022. As over a million World Cup fans fill stadiums with cheers and carry heady optimism through the streets of Doha, some 8,000 American troops are running air wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hotspots in the Middle East mere miles away. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak, via AP)
            
              In this handout photo from the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III sits at Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar Nov. 11, 2022. As over a million World Cup fans fill stadiums with cheers and carry heady optimism through the streets of Doha, some 8,000 American troops are running air wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hotspots in the Middle East mere miles away. (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Andrew Britten, via AP)
            
              In this handout photo from the U.S. Air Force, American service members participate in a live broadcast with the hosts of Fox NFL Sunday during their Salute to Veterans broadcast, Nov. 13, 2022 at Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar. As over a million World Cup fans fill stadiums with cheers and carry heady optimism through the streets of Doha, some 8,000 American troops are running air wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hotspots in the Middle East mere miles away. (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Andrew Britten, via AP)