The United States is pulling some of its anti-aircraft and missile batteries out of the Middle East, marking a shift that focuses away from long-lasting conflicts in the region to tensions with China, Russia and Iran, according to US media.
The US Defense Department will pull out four Patriot missile systems from Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain next month, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing US military officials.
Two Patriot missile systems will be redeployed from Kuwait, and one each from Jordan and Bahrain, the report said. Patriots are mobile missile systems capable of shooting down missiles and planes.
The report comes amid rising rhetoric against Iran from the United States, which earlier this year pulled out of the 2015 international nuclear deal with Tehran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
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