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US removes its missile defense systems from Saudi Arabia

15:49, 11 September 2021
US removes its missile defense systems from Saudi Arabia Photo: Qrmoo3/CC BY-SA 4.0/wikipedia.org

The United States has been gradually decreasing its presence from the Arabian peninsula by pulling its defense systems and Patriot batteries out of Saudi Arabia.

This move comes despite an increased frequency of attacks from Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The equipment is being removed from Prince Sultan Air Base located near the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

In 2019 the base which hosted over several thousand US troops at the time was targeted in a drone attack claimed by the above-mentioned Houthi rebels.

More specifically the attacks targeted Saudi Aramco’s oil processing facilities.

Following the US’ complete withdrawal from the crisis-torn Afghanistan expectations that at one point or another the United States will quit the Arabian Peninsula too. 

However, Pentagon’s spokesman said that the US is maintaining a “broad and deep” commitment to its allies in the Middle East, nonetheless, he confirmed the “the redeployment of certain air defense assets.”

“The Defense Department continues to maintain tens of thousands of forces and a robust force posture in the Middle East representing some of our most advanced air power and maritime capabilities, in support of US national interests and our regional partnerships,” he said in a statement.

Earlier, the American embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad sounded alarms and activated its C-RAM system.