US downsizing military assets ‘will not affect Saudi air defenses’

On Sunday a downsizing of US military assets in Saudi Arabia will not affect its defense capabilities, the Riyadh-led coalition said , after it intercepted the largest number of Yemeni rebel drones in a single day.

Washington on Friday said it was cutting the number of troops and air defense units deployed to the Middle East, including Patriot batteries and an anti-missile system, called THAAD, from Saudi Arabia.

“This will not affect the Saudi air defenses,” coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki told reporters.

“We have a strong understanding with… our allies about the threat in the region. We do have the capability to defend our country.”