U.S. Removes Gulf Air Defense Batteries amid Houthi Drone Strikes

(Wall Street Journal) Gordon Lubold - President Biden has directed the Pentagon to realign the U.S. global military footprint away from the Mideast, as Saudi Arabia endures rocket and drone attacks from Yemen and Iraq. The U.S. has removed at least three Patriot antimissile batteries from the Gulf region, including one from Saudi Arabia that had been put in place in recent years to help protect American forces. Other capabilities, including an aircraft carrier and surveillance systems, are being diverted to answer military needs elsewhere, and additional reductions are under consideration, officials said. As of late last year there were about 50,000 U.S. troops in the region.

2021-04-05 00:00:00

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