In response to a perceived less hostile Iran to other Middle East countries and a Biden admin effort to lock down a halted nuclear weapon’s effort by Iran?
The US military is packing up some anti-missile units and sending them home and moving some Air Force fighter jets to other bases….
This will go along with the draw down of other military assets in a few other Middle Eastern countries….
Those countries mostly have their own robust military’s….
We are led to believe that some of these moves and ones coming in the near future will be to increase military assets against China and Russian increasing military activities….
The Biden administration is sharply reducing the number of U.S. antimissile systems in the Middle East in a major realignment of its military footprint there as it focuses the armed services on challenges from China and Russia, administration officials said.
The Pentagon is pulling approximately eight Patriot antimissile batteries from countries including Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, according to officials. Another antimissile system known as a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad system, is being withdrawn from Saudi Arabia, and jet fighter squadrons assigned to the region are being reduced, those officials said.
The redeployment includes hundreds of troops who are members of units that operate or support those systems. The move comes as the military plans a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by this summer and after the U.S. last fall cut its force posture in Iraq by half—or 2,500 troops—because it said Iraqi forces could secure the country.
The latest reductions, which haven’t been previously reported, began earlier this month, following a June 2 call in which Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin informed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the changes, officials said. Most of the military hardware being removed is coming from Saudi Arabia, officials said….
A White House official said that some personnel and equipment from Afghanistan are being relocated to the Middle East to respond to some of the threats in the region.
U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan, declined to comment on the changes. Officials representing the countries affected didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment
Former officials who took part in decisions to increase U.S. defenses in the region said that circumstances have since changed, both in the Middle East and beyond….