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US to remove missile systems from Middle East

Sept. 28, 2018 2:54 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2018 10:14 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United States is pulling out some of its anti-aircraft and missile batteries out of the Middle East, according to reports by the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal reported, while citing US military officials, that the Pentagon will pull out four Patriot missile systems, surface-to-air missile systems that are capable of shooting down missiles and planes, from Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait during next month.

The realignment step marks a shift of focus away from the long-lasting conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan to tensions with China, Iran and Russia.

The report added that "Two Patriot missile systems will be redeployed from Kuwait and one each from Jordan and Bahrain."

Sources said that the US military is now mostly focusing on rising tensions with China and Russia.

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