The United States has removed its most advanced missile defense system from Saudi Arabia even though the kingdom faced constant airstrikes by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
The resumption of defenses from Prince Sultan Air Base outside Riyadh came as Gulf Arab countries watched nervously the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, including their last-minute evacuations from the besieged Kabul International Airport.
As tens of thousands of U.S. forces remain across the Arabian Peninsula as a counterweight to Iran, Gulf Arab nations worry about future U.S. plans as its military perceives a growing threat in Asia that requires those missile defenses.
Tensions remain high as negotiations seem stalled in Vienna over Iran’s failed nuclear deal with world powers, increasing the risk of future confrontations in the region.
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