According to the Wall Street Journal, as tensions with Iran eased, the Biden administration took action to bring the U.S. military into a more normal state.
According to a US news media report on Friday, the Biden administration is withdrawing Patriot anti-missile batteries from four Middle Eastern countries because the United States has reduced its military footprint in the region as tensions with Iran eased.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon is withdrawing approximately 8 Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, and Jordan, as well as withdrawing from Saudi Arabia the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system deployed by the former Trump administration. . Quoting an unnamed U.S. official.
According to the “Wall Street Journal” report, after the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin notified Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by phone on June 2nd, it started earlier this month. Hundreds of U.S. troops operating the system were redeployed.
The withdrawal of the anti-missile battery marked the return of defenses in the area to a more normal level. Although the United States has reduced the number of troops deployed to the area, it continues to maintain tens of thousands of soldiers. Afghanistan with Iraq, “The Wall Street Journal” reported.
A senior defense official told The Wall Street Journal: “We still have our bases in the countries of our Gulf partners, and they have not closed down. There are still a lot of presence and important situations in the region.”
United States deploy After Iranian drones attacked Saudi oil facilities, Patriot anti-missile batteries and troops went to Saudi Arabia Iraq in 2020 After Iran and Iran-backed militia launched a series of missile and rocket attacks on the US military.
The U.S. military recognizes that more than 109 U.S. troops After the US airstrike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Iran suffered a concussion and other brain damage in an Iranian ballistic missile attack on the Al-Assad military base.
President Joe Biden, who replaced former President Donald Trump in January this year, has been trying to ease tensions in the Middle East, and US diplomats have been in indirect negotiations with Iran to restart the Iran nuclear deal.
U.S. and Iranian diplomats participate Sixth round of talks It was held in Vienna earlier this month as Iran considered rejoining the 2015 agreement to prohibit it from acquiring nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from US economic sanctions.
Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement and launched an “extreme pressure” campaign against Tehran. Biden officials said this failed to achieve the goal and played a role in accelerating Iran’s nuclear development.
Iranians are Vote on friday The new president succeeds the outgoing president Hassan Rouhani, who supported the signing of a nuclear agreement with the United States in 2015.