In the UAE, the United States has a quiet, potent ally nicknamed ‘Little Sparta’

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, November 9, 2014

AL-DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates — Night after night for the past six weeks, U.S. fighter jets have streaked into the muggy sky from this vast desert airfield, their afterburners spewing orange flames as they head north on bombing runs over Iraq and Syria.

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