[Ed. – The timing of this is very bad: at the same time we’re effectively being chased out of Afghanistan by the Taliban. As the article hints, it makes us look weak and uncommitted. The point of boosting missile defense on the Arabian Peninsula is to keep our deployed footprint light, while remaining effective, and let the regional nations carry the weight of their own national defense, as they should. Missile defense is the last thing we should be removing.]
The U.S. has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show.
The redeployment of the defenses from Prince Sultan Air Base outside of Riyadh came as America’s Gulf Arab allies nervously watched the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including their last-minute evacuations from Kabul’s besieged international airport.
[T]he withdrawal came just as a Houthi drone attack on Saudi Arabia wounded eight people and damaged a commercial jetliner at the kingdom’s airport in Abha.