- Feb 16, 2016
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Pentagon reportedly pulling jets, anti-missile guns out of Middle East
With the US now shifting more of its focus on China and Russia, there will be a movement of arms away from the Middle East, including pulling the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense from Saudi Arab…
The Biden administration is moving several anti-missile batteries out of Middle Eastern countries as the Pentagon shifts its strategic focus away from the region and toward China and Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
The newspaper, citing officials, reported that approximately eight Patriot weapons systems are being moved, most of them from Saudi Arabia. Batteries are also being moved out of Iraq, Jordan and Kuwait.
In addition, the US is pulling another anti-missile system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), out of Saudi Arabia and reducing jet fighter squadrons in the Middle East.
The Pentagon began sending anti-missile batteries and the THAAD system to Saudi Arabia in 2019 following Iranian drone and missile attacks on a pair of major oil facilities. Iraq received Patriot systems after Iran-backed militants fired missiles at an airbase where US forces were stationed following the January 2020 drone strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Last month, the head of US Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie, told reporters that Russia and China would likely seek to expand their influence in the Middle East as the United States tries to reduce its presence.
“The Middle East writ broadly is an area of intense competition between the great powers. And I think that as we adjust our posture in the region, Russia and China will be looking very closely to see if a vacuum opens that they can exploit,” McKenzie said.
Hmm....,,, I wonder is Israel, Iraq and Saudi Arabia feel abandoned? Because they seem to be.
How long will it be before Bai Dung rolls out the red carpet for Iran, it's proxies and ISIS?
On the other hand the Pentagon on recommendation by Christopher Wray may deploy them in the U.S. against those "Deplorable White Supremacists".
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