Intel: US to withdraw Patriot missile systems from Saudi Arabia

12 Mai, 2020, 07:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Donald Trump

The move came three months after Tehran targeted the bases in retaliation to USA killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in January.

The US has removed two of its four Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia and another two in the Mideast partly because tensions with Iran have eased from a peak earlier this year, according to a US official.

Radars of the Patriot batteries deployed at Saudi oil facilities had come under fire last September after they completely failed to detect the incoming alleged drones/missiles that temporarily reduced 5% of global oil supply and sent its prices spiralling upwards.

In addition to those changes, the rotation of USA fighter squadrons means there has been a net loss of two 12-aircraft units in the Mideast, the official said. The redeployment and reductions of the American military presence in the region are based on assessments that Iran is no longer an immediate threat to strategic US interests.

The officials also said Pentagon planners believe the assets should be redeployed to face other challenges, including China's widening role in Asia, while others believe a drawdown could embolden Iran in the region, particularly as the Trump administration continues its policy of "maximum pressure" on Tehran.

Saudi Arabia said in a statement about Friday's phone call that Trump confirmed the United States is committed to protecting its interests and the security of its allies in the region. In 2015, an Arab coalition co-led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE started a military campaign in Yemen in response to its government. "A lot of people, including the Iranians, need to question the sustainability of american decisions!" quips a western diplomat.

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Many US oil firms are facing bankruptcy, and US politicians from President Donald Trump on down are under pressure to help curtail imports from the kingdom. "The timing of the withdrawal of the Patriot batteries is interesting", said Pierre Razoux*, director of research at the Institute of strategic research of military School (Irsem).

According to a report from Reuters last week, Trump told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in early April that unless the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries started cutting oil production, he would be powerless to stop lawmakers from passing legislation to withdraw United States troops from the kingdom.

Tensions were heated last month as Trump tried to pressure Saudi Arabia to reduce its oil output after it increased its production amid a price war with Russian Federation, hurting United States oil producers.

Trump delivered the message to the crown prince 10 days before the announcement of production cuts. "The Americans were very angry with saudi Arabia", recalls one head of the Gulf.

"The two leaders agreed on the importance of stability in global energy markets, and reaffirmed the strong United States-Saudi defense partnership".



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