According to the sources of the publication, the United States will relocate approximately eight batteries of Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems, including from Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. The complex of the American missile defense system in the theater of operations THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) will also be withdrawn from Saudi Arabia.
In addition, some military aircraft and “hundreds of American military personnel” that serve these weapons are going to be transferred from the region. According to sources, the Biden administration has decided to reduce the number of US anti-missile systems as part of a major reorientation of the military presence in the region, as it redirects the armed forces to challenges from China and Russia.
The transfer already began earlier this month. Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin announced such plans to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on June 2.
According to Washington, the risk of escalation of hostilities between the United States and Iran has decreased. The American side also believes that the previous transfer of weapons to the Middle East “did not deter Iran and the forces under its control from actions aimed at destabilization.” In addition, the Pentagon said that some of the US missile defense systems previously deployed in the Middle East need maintenance and repair.