US Saudi Arabia Relations: Why US Pulls Out Patriot Missile Syastem and THAAD from Saudi Arabia: Why US Removed Patriot Missile System and THAAD from Saudi Arabia

America, which is facing criticism regarding Afghanistan, has once again left the side of a friend country in the middle of the middle. In fact, the US military has removed the Terminus High Altitude Aerial Defense (THAAD) and Patriot missile system deployed in Saudi Arabia. In such a situation, Saudi Arabia is now at increased risk of missile and drone attacks by Houthi rebels operating in Yemen.

Revealed from satellite photos
The news agency Associated Press, citing satellite images from Earth imaging company Planet Labs, reported that the US has removed its missile defense system from Saudi Arabia. Satellite images from Planet Labs show air and missile defense systems have been removed from the runway of Prince Sultan Air Base, a military facility located about 115 km from Riyadh.

America had deployed these weapons in 2019
At the end of 2019, the US deployed its advanced air defense systems and several thousand US troops in Saudi Arabia. At that time, oil production had plummeted due to the Houthi rebels’ attack on the Saudi Aramco company. Due to this, there was an unexpected increase in the prices of Tej all over the world.

Pentagon confirms withdrawal of weapons
US Defense Department Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed that some air defense systems from Saudi Arabia have been deployed elsewhere. However, he did not give any further information regarding this matter. He also did not say which air defense systems the US has removed or where they have been sent.

Saudi did not give importance to America’s decision
The Saudi Defense Ministry has dismissed the importance of removing the weapons deployment, lauding Riyadh’s strong, long-standing and historic ties with Washington. He stressed that Saudi Arabia’s military is capable of defending its land, sea and airspace and defending its people independently.

How dangerous is America’s Patriot missile
America’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile is one of the best defense systems in the world. This missile defense system is capable of hitting enemy ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and combat ships in a jiffy. This all-weather missile is manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

This missile is currently deployed in these countries
Patriot Advanced Capability – 3 missiles are currently included in the military of the entire US, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Korea, Poland, Sweden, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Spain and Taiwan. The US military deployed the Patriot missile system during the 2003 Iraq War. This missile defense system deployed in Kuwait destroyed many enemy missiles in the air.

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