President Joe Biden instructed the Pentagon to begin withdrawing part of its forces and equipment from the Persian Gulf region, which is seen as the first steps to reduce the US military presence in the Middle East, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The US has withdrawn at least three Patriot anti-missile batteries from the region, including one from Prince Sultan Air Force Base in Saudi Arabia, where the battery was deployed several years ago to protect American troops, the newspaper said.
Other military resources are being deployed from the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier and surveillance systems. This is done in the interest of meeting military needs in other parts of the world, the Wall Street Journal writes, citing unnamed officials.
The possibility of further reductions is being considered, officials said.
After taking office, Biden pledged to adjust US relations with Saudi Arabia by taking several tough steps against the kingdom, including freezing the sale of offensive weapons that Riyadh had used during the six-year military intervention in Yemen.