Report: U.S. to Pull Some Missile Systems from Middle East

An American soldier walks towards Patriot anti-missile batteries deployed March 4, 2003 on Jaffa beach near Tel Aviv. The batteries, supplied and operated by U.S. troops, are a back-up system to the Israeli Arrow missile killer meant to protect the densely populated center from the potential threat of Iraqi Scud …
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Ynetnews reports: The United States is pulling some of its anti-aircraft and missile batteries out of the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing US military officials.

The Pentagon will pull out four Patriot missile systems from Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain next month, the report said, adding that the realignment step marks a shift of focus away from long-lasting conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan to tensions with China, Russia and Iran.

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.

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