The Biden administration is withdrawing Patriot missiles from four Middle Eastern countries as the United States reduces its military presence amid easing tensions with Iran in the region, the US news agency reported on Friday.
The Pentagon is withdrawing about eight Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as the High-Term Terminal Protection (THAAD) system installed by the previous Trump administration, the Wall Street Journal reported. citing unnamed US officials.
The redistribution includes hundreds of US troops operating systems that began after a phone call on June 2 earlier this month when US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin informed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of his shift, the Journal reported.
Withdrawal of anti-missile batteries means a more normal level of defense is being restored in the region, where the US continues to maintain tens of thousands of troops even when it has reduced Afghanistan և: Iraq, reports the Journal.
“We still have bases in our Gulf partner countries, they do not stop, there is still a significant presence, a significant attitude in the region,” a senior defense official told the Journal.
The United States located: Patriot anti-missile batteries and troops in Saudi Arabia after Iranian drones hit Saudi oil facilities Iraq in 2020 Iran հետո After the rocket-propelled grenade attacks on US forces by Iranian-backed militants.
The US military has admitted that it is more than 109 US troops concussions այլ received other brain injuries after the US air strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleiman as a result of an Iranian ballistic missile attack on the Al-Assad military base in Iraq.
President Biden, who took over from former President Donald Trump in January, has been trying to escalate tensions in the Middle East, with US diplomats in indirect talks with Iran over a resumption of Iran’s nuclear deal.
The US consisted of American-Iranian diplomats The sixth round of negotiations in Vienna earlier this month as Iran considers joining a 2015 agreement banning the purchase of nuclear weapons in exchange for a waiver of US economic sanctions.
Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, put “maximum pressure” on Tehran, which Biden officials say failed to achieve, and has accelerated Iran’s nuclear development.
There were Iranians Voting on Friday To replace outgoing President Hassan Rouhani, who defended the nuclear deal with the United States in 2015, as the new president.