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Pompeo Uses Saudi Arabia Visit as a Show of Force Against Iran

  • Secretary of state visits air base with Patriot missile unit
  • Pompeo dines with crown prince, doesn’t mention Khashoggi
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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo toured a Saudi Arabian air base where the U.S. has deployed fighter jets and Patriot missile batteries to defend against Iranian attacks, a visit meant as a show of force against Iran and a sign of strong U.S.-Saudi ties.

The visit Thursday to Prince Sultan Air Base, a barren, sprawling facility two hours southeast of Riyadh that covers an area almost the size of Bahrain, allowed Pompeo to inspect a squadron of F-15E fighter jets that deployed here in January and get a classified briefing from the commanders of a Patriot missile unit protecting against Iranian drone and missile strikes.