US President Joe Biden instructed the Pentagon to begin the withdrawal of part of the military from the Persian Gulf, three Patriot air defense systems have already been redeployed, including the one at the Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. The Wall Street Journal writes about this with reference to military officials.
According to the newspaper, this decision was made in accordance with plans to reorient the US global military presence from the Middle East.
“The withdrawal of Patriot batteries, permanently present aircraft carriers and other military forces means that several thousand troops could eventually leave the region. As of the end of last year, there were about 50 thousand military personnel in the region, “the publication says, which also recalls that” at the peak of tension between the Trump administration and Iran, “there were about 90 thousand military personnel.
Military officials did not specify the data on the reduction of their presence in the region.
In March, the Pentagon said that the US administration expects to maintain strong military ties with Saudi Arabia, despite the current contradictions between Washington and Riyadh.