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The Biden administration is to move Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan. The Pentagon refused to say where the technology is being relocated. The Pentagon confirmed Friday that the US is reducing by eight the number of Patriot anti-missile batteries in the Middle East. The agency confirmed a report in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that said Saudi Arabia would see the greatest reduction in US military support, while Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan would also be impacted. The WSJ said the US plans to pull a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, jet fighter squadrons and accelerate the withdrawal of US troops from the kingdom, in addition to the withdrawal of the anti-missile batteries. Retooling US forces for an era of great power competition The decision reflects both Washington’s repositioning of US forces to counter Russia and China as well as shifting sands in the Middle East.

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