AP: US removes missile systems in Saudi Arabia amid Yemeni strikes

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The United States has removed its most advanced missile system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, the Associated Press reports, even as the kingdom faces retaliatory missile and drone strikes from Yemen. The US news agency said its analysis of satellite pictures showed the redeployment of the systems from Prince Sultan Air Base, some 115 kilometers (70 miles) southeast of Riyadh. "The redeployment of the defenses from Prince Sultan Air Base outside of Riyadh came as America’s Persian Gulf Arab allies nervously watched the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan," the AP wrote. Prince Sultan Air Base has been hosting several thousand US troops since 2019 when the Yemeni army forces and their allies launched a missile-and-drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil production. The AP said Persian Gulf Arab nations worry about the US’s future plans as its military perceives a growing threat in Asia that requires those missile defenses.

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