US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks

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WASHINGTON: The United States has removed its most advanced missile defence system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

The United States military perceives a growing threat in Asia that requires those missile defences.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby acknowledged the redeployment of certain air defence assets. He said the US maintained a broad and deep commitment to its Middle East allies.