US Pulling Some Of Its Air Defense Systems Out Of Middle East: WSJ


US Pulling Some Of Its Air Defense Systems Out Of Middle East: WSJ

Capt. Issac Gipson of Biloxi, Mississippi, stands in front of a Patriot missile battery of the 5th Bat. 52nd Regiment of Air Defense Artillery at Camp New Jersey in the Kuwaiti desert, March 17, 2003. (AP/Jean-Marc Bouju)

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered the military to pull out four Patriot air defense systems from from Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported on September 26, citing several senior military officials.

According to the WSJ, the US Central Command has refused to comment on the matter. However, the media outlet speculated that the decision is aimed at boosting the US effort to counter more global “threats” such as China and Russia.

Some media outlets and “experts” even claimed that this means that Washington is going to contribute less attention to the situation in the Middle East. Nonetheless, this is highly unlikely.

A conflict with Iran and support to Israel are important points of the foreign policy of the current US administration. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated this officially. Furthermore, his administration has made a number of steps in this direction. In light of the recent developments over Syria, including the IL-20 incident and a Russian decision to supply an S-300 system to the Syrian military, the US support to Israel will grow further.

Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad already stated that now with S-300 systems in the hands of the country’s military, Israel would “have to recalculate and reconsider before attacking again”.



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  • Gregory Casey

    Is Mattis going rogue?

    • You can call me Al

      Is he from the US ?.

  • Carlos Correia

    never trust an American

    • Zionism = EVIL

      When the US dumped the dying Shah of Iran and even refused him a visa for treatment and then die in Egypt, even the senile old Jew Kissinger said that “friendship with US is a kiss of death”.

  • Vince Dhimos

    If the US promised this will happen, that can only mean one thing: they promised.

  • That Guy


    • You can call me Al

      Maybe lining them up around Iran or Russia, even China for the inevitable ?.

  • Jesus

    Time to recycle Patriot junk and sell it to the Poles.

    • Turbofan true

    • BL

      Or the Saudis, they love those overpriced boomerang missiles.

      • Jesus

        Saudis got smart, they want Russian S400.

        • Zionism = EVIL

          and Pakistanis to operate them :)

        • Sinbad2

          No way will Russia sell to the Saudis.
          Apart from the fact that they would give the S400 to the US or Israel, the Saudis controlled the terrorists in Chechnya.
          These are the people that held children at the Beslan school hostage and killed many. Prince Bandar Bush, also threatened Putin to his face. He told Putin he would stage terror attacks at the Sochi games, if Russia failed to let Saudi Arabia have Syria.
          Bandar Bush was rumoured to have been injured in an attack, and hasn’t been seen in public since. But he probably still hangs out with the Bush family.

          Russia has a long memory, when the time comes, the Saudi royalty will be made to suffer for their grotesque crimes.

      • Sinbad2

        The Saudis are cactus, all their money is in the US, and the US won’t let them have it, but the US will let them exchange their savings for weapons.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Ooops, a lot of puppet Wahhabi Arab regimes will need industrial sized diapers if their mercan sugar daddies took the dud patriots with them :)

  • Turbofan

    Hmmm..How is the MIC making money off this..

    • Selling the same item twice?

    • Sinbad2

      The US cannot afford to rearm, they have been using munitions stored in other regions to support their war in Yemen.

  • Syria insider

    Just give them to the saa…..

    • Concrete Mike

      Saa dont want backdoor american junk.

      • Syria insider

        How tall are you?

        • Concrete Mike

          Too tall to fly f35;)))

  • Trump jus’ told the Gulf countries they have to contribute more to defense at his UNSC on Iran chinwag – perhaps this is …. encouragement.

    • Sinbad2

      The US is holding out the begging cup everywhere, they are broke.

      • Jens Holm

        Your brain must be broke. It seemes like You only know Muhammed Economics.
        You are not even allowed or able to read about it.

  • Smaug

    There have been complaints that the air defenses over Europe are inadequate, that would be my first guess assuming the report is accurate.

    • Sinbad2

      Well the Europeans don’t really do military stuff, they pay the Americans to do that, and the American stuff is second rate.

    • Jens Holm

      As long they are better then the things the e´nemies has, they are fine.

      I an onlty aware of, that Europeans are very low in defence and by that has taking the socalled “peace dividend” after the USSR self detonation. Some countries by that and fx Russians deploying missiles in Kalingrad are raising a little.

      Some might remember most things are a faster replacement for fx F16s.

      But I also know from north that swedes and danes has ordered Scudd missiles. Denmark has ordered for 4 korvettes as wel as many smaller missiles. Danes also replace old armed infatery vehicles with new ones.

      We also help to arm the 3 baltics. They are very poor, so we send what we can incl. symbolic troops and training units.

  • Richard

    There’s no mention of withdrawing anything from Israel. Probably all this stuff will just be given to Israel.

  • Jens Holm

    I just have been reading that USA now have deployed 6 or 7 raptors in Jordan on 2 micro bases.

    • Sinbad2

      Got a link?

      • Jens Holm

        No, they are at the Al Salt microbase landing trip west of Amman. One should be very close to the Iraqian border to permanent protect Al Tanf.

  • Marko

    Customers of the US wanting refunds again.

    This is so embarrassing.

  • Aen RaBeon

    Relocated into israel.

  • jj from aussie

    It’s a well known fact that the patriot anti aircraft missle system can be used for offensive measures by placing tomahawk cruise missiles in the launchers. Putin revealed this fact in a media interview.
    Israel would be the destination, as they now cannot attack Syria without losing aircraft. So guess what the Israelis will now attempt to do?
    They are so predictable, because they never let up and will only stop when they are decimated or badly bruised.