Sep 12, 2021, 11:21 AM
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Does US intend to withdraw 20k troops from Saudi Arabia?

Tehran, IRNA - About one month after the United States' military pullout from Afghanistan, there are some reports that Washington is after withdrawing thousands of its forces from Saudi Arabia, while there is no information about closure of American bases in the Arab state.

Some American media outlets have reported that President Joe Biden's administration is getting prepared to pull out US forces from Saudi Arabia, as well.


The Wall Street Journal reported that Washington's concern about rocket and drone attacks by Yemeni forces against military targets in Saudi Arabia is increasing, so the White House plans to withdraw American troops from Saudi Arabia.


According to the WSJ, the US has kicked off the withdrawal procedure of its troops, who were dispatched during former President Donald Trump's administration to the Saudi kingdom.


Existing statistics show that the US has deployed around 20,000 forces in different ranks in Saudi Arabia, who should withdraw from the Arab country in accordance with new strategy of President Joe Biden.


Yemen News Portal (YNP) wrote that the United States' decision to remove Patriot and TOW missile systems from Saudi Arabia enhances the speculation that the Americans are willing to pull out military forces from the Arab nation.


Associated Press reported on Saturday that despite the fact that the Yemeni Ansarullah movement continues attacks on Saudi military and economic centers, the US withdrew a large part of its military equipment from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.


US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin was to visit four littoral states of the Persian Gulf, including Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, and while he visited three other capitals, he missed Riyadh. Analysts believe that the cancelation happened because he did not want to respond to the Saudis' questions about the pullout of American troops and the air defense systems from the kingdom.


John Kirby, Pentagon spokesperson, approved "the redeployment of certain air defense assets” after receiving questions from the AP, saying that the United States will abide by its deep and vast commitment to its allies in the Middle East.


Despite the fact that the US showed its all-out support for certain Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia, former adviser to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, underlined that Washington will no longer enter any war on behalf of Arab nations, so the US will not back Arab littoral states of the Persian Gulf.


Definitely, the US's military pullout from the West Asia region will be beneficial both for the Americans to stop losing money and soldiers and the Islamic countries, who will not be killed by the Americans. The withdrawal will also prompt the Riyadh regime to stop its failed war in Yemen and allow the Yemenis to decide the future of their country.

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