Biden instructed the Pentagon to withdraw some military equipment from the Gulf States

This is in the interest of meeting military needs in other parts of the world.

President Joe Biden has instructed the Pentagon to begin withdrawing some forces and equipment from the Persian Gulf region, which is seen as the first step to reduce the US military presence in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the newspaper, the US has withdrawn at least three Patriot anti-missile batteries from the region, including one from the Prince Sultan airbase in Saudi Arabia. The battery was stationed several years ago to protect US troops.

Other military resources, including an aircraft carrier and surveillance systems, are also being deployed from the Middle East. This is done in the interests of meeting military needs in other parts of the world, writes the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed officials.

Further cuts are being considered, officials said.

After taking office, Biden promised to adjust US relations with Saudi Arabia, taking several tough steps against the kingdom, including freezing the sale of offensive weapons that Riyadh used during the six-year military intervention in Yemen.

Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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