20 countries join Saudi in “Thunder of the North”, the region’s largest military drill

  • Saudi Arabia leads 19 other nations in holding the largest military exercise in the Middle East
  • Gulf nations and other Asian nations such as Malaysia and Pakistan are among the participants
  • The move is being viewed as Saudi’s statement to the world about its commitment to preserve peace and stability in the region

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Twenty countries from the Middle East and from other parts of the world have joined Saudi Arabia in this year’s largest military exercise ever conducted in the region.

Dubbed as “Thunder of the North”, the military maneuver is being held at the King Khaled Military City (KKMC) in the northern Hafr Al-Batin region and will involve ground, air, and naval forces in the drills.

Participating countries aside from host Saudi Arabia include the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan, Bahrain, Senegal, Sudan, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Mauritius.

“The exercise will also witness participation of a wide range of artillery, tanks, infantry, air defense systems, and naval forces in a simulation to reflect the highest level of preparedness of the 20 participating countries,” an article disclosed on Arab News.

The move came amid a statement issued by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir threatening to topple the Al-Assad regime in Syria if the present government refused to leave during a political transition. (Click here to read more)

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