As tensions with Iran subside, the Biden administration is taking a more normal stance for U.S. forces, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Biden administration is withdrawing Patriot anti-missile batteries from four Middle Eastern countries as the US reduces its military footprint in the region amid a reduction in tensions with Iran, a media outlet reported on Friday. of American communication.
The Pentagon is releasing about eight Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as a High Altitude Zone Defense (THAAD) system from Saudi Arabia that had been deployed by the United States. ‘previous Trump administration, the Wall Street Journal reported citing unnamed U.S. officials.
The redistribution includes hundreds of U.S. troops operating the systems and began earlier this month following a June 2 phone call in which U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reported the change to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the newspaper.
The withdrawal of anti-missile batteries marks a return to a more normal level of defense in the region where the United States continues to hold tens of thousands of soldiers, even as they have reduced the forces deployed to Afghanistan i Iraq, the newspaper reported.
“We still have our bases in the countries of our Gulf partners, they are not closing, there is still a substantial presence, a substantial stance in the region,” a senior defense official told the magazine.
The USA deployed Missile batteries and patriotic troops in Saudi Arabia after Iranian drone strikes hit Saudi oil facilities Iraq in 2020 after a wave of missile and rocket attacks on US forces by Iran and Iran-backed militias.
The U.S. military acknowledged that more than 109 American troops had suffered concussions and other brain injuries in an Iranian ballistic missile attack on Ain al-Assad’s military base in Iraq following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
President Joe Biden, who took over from former President Donald Trump in January, has tried to reduce tensions in the Middle East and U.S. diplomats have held indirect talks with Iran to reactivate the Iranian nuclear deal.
Iranian and American diplomats are engaged a sixth round of conversations in Vienna earlier this month, while Iran is considering joining the 2015 agreement banning it from obtaining nuclear weapons in exchange for easing the penalty of US economic sanctions.
Trump had unilaterally withdrawn from Iran’s nuclear deal and launched a “maximum pressure” campaign on Tehran that Biden officials have said they have failed to achieve their goals and have had the effect of accelerating Iran’s nuclear development.
The Iranians were voting Friday by a new president to replace outgoing President Hassan Rouhani who had defended the nuclear deal with the US in 2015.