US will transfer four Patriot SAM batteries from Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Wall Street Journal, citing its sources, reported that the US authorities were considering reducing their military presence in Saudi Arabia and removing Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems from the country, learned BulgarianMiitary.com.
According to the sources of the publication, the United States plans to remove from Saudi Arabia four Patriot air defense batteries and several dozen military personnel sent to the Arab country after a series of attacks on Saudi oil facilities in the fall of 2019.
In addition, two squadrons of American fighter jets have already been removed from the region. Washington is also considering reducing the US Navy in the Persian Gulf.
Observers of the American publication believe that the Pentagon’s intention to reduce its presence in Saudi Arabia is based on the assessment of some officials who are confident that there is no direct threat to US strategic interests from Iran.
Recall that in September 2019, two oil refineries in Saudi Arabia were attacked by drones. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Hussite Yemeni rebels, against whom the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia was fighting. In turn, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States has no evidence of an attack from Yemen and blamed Iran on it. Tehran rejected all the allegations, calling Pompeo’s accusations a lie.
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