20 nations join major military manoeuvre in Saudi Arabia

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...uvre-in-saudi-arabia/articleshow/50987320.cms

RIYADH: Armed forces from around 20 countries were gathering in northern Saudi Arabia today for "the most important" military manoeuvre ever staged in the region, the official news agency SPA reported.

The "Thunder of the North" exercise involving ground, air, and naval forces sends a "clear message" that Riyadh and its allies "stand united in confronting all challenges and preserving peace and stability in the region", SPA said.

Saudi Arabia is currently leading a military campaign against Iran-backed rebels in its southern neighbour Yemen.

Last December, it also formed a new 35-member coalition to fight "terrorism" in Islamic countries.

Today's announcement also comes as the kingdom, a member of the US-led coalition targeting the jihadist Islamic State group, said it has deployed warplanes to a Turkish air base in order to "intensify" its operations against IS in Syria.

SPA did not specify when the military exercise will begin or how long it will last.

However, the agency called it the "most important and largest in the region's history" in terms of the number of nations taking part and the weaponry being used.

Twenty countries will be taking take part, SPA said.

Among them are Saudi Arabia's five partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as Chad, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Senegal and Tunisia, it added.

A Saudi source said on Thursday that members of the new "anti-terrorism" coalition will gather in Saudi Arabia next month for its first publicly announced meeting.

Riyadh has said the alliance would share intelligence, combat violent ideology and deploy troops if necessary.
 

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Lat them do. We do not indulge in such a low skill exercise. Better we do exercise with US, Japan, Russia and israel.
 

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I always find it hilarious how KSA keeps on harping about anti-terrorism while the are the biggest financier of such activitys.
 

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Among them are Saudi Arabia's five partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as Chad, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Senegal and Tunisia, it added.

A Saudi source said on Thursday that members of the new "anti-terrorism" coalition will gather in Saudi Arabia next month for its first publicly announced meeting.

Riyadh has said the alliance would share intelligence, combat violent ideology and deploy troops if necessary.
:rofl: "Anti-terrorism coalition" having resident terrorists like Pakistan and KSA !!?? :lol:
 

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I'm guessing this is for russia/iran combo.
 

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I think this was most likely pre-planned. I don't think many of the participants are at all interested in a confrontation with Russia.
 

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I think this was most likely pre-planned. I don't think many of the participants are at all interested in a confrontation with Russia.
Except Turkey maybe.
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Well, Turkey wants to drag NATO into it. All by itself, it probably does not want any confrontation with Russia.
But why then are they carrying out strikes inside Syria (on kurdish forces)? This is an open invitation to russian retaliation.
 

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But why then are they carrying out strikes inside Syria (on kurdish forces)? This is an open invitation to russian retaliation.
I think about one third or perhaps more of Turkey is Kurdish dominated. Kurds and Turks do not get along. Turkey fears dismemberment. So, they are in a bind. Russia might not strike inside Turkey, but if Turkish forces enter Syria, they are most likely going to be bombed. Turkey is led by a desperate megalomaniac, Erdogan. That he is a member of The Muslim Brotherhood makes him a very dangerous person.
 

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I think about one third or perhaps more of Turkey is Kurdish dominated. Kurds and Turks do not get along. Turkey fears dismemberment. So, they are in a bind. Russia might not strike inside Turkey, but if Turkish forces enter Syria, they are most likely going to be bombed. Turkey is led by a desperate megalomaniac, Erdogan. That he is a member of The Muslim Brotherhood makes him a very dangerous person.

Turkish forces have been entering Syria regularly. Also have been supplying arms.

http://www.france24.com/en/20160214-syria-condemns-turkey-air-strikes-urges-un-action-assad-kurdish

Selective paras from the article above:

The ministry statement said that on Saturday 12 pick-up trucks equipped with heavy machine guns and ammunition had crossed into Syria from Turkey via Bab al-Salama.

They "were accompanied by around 100 gunmen, some of them Turkish forces and Turkish mercenaries," SANA quoted the ministry as saying.

"Around 350 Islamist fighters from the Faylaq al-Sham faction crossed from Turkey and entered the towns of Azaz and Tal Rifaat," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
 

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@Neo Any idea how many pakistani forces/aricrafts/warships have gone to participate in this one?
 

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these Arabic countries could not defeat Israel , recently could not defeat poorly armed haudis .........how the hell they are going to fight with super-power like Russia ?

what they will do if Russia nukes mecca & madina ??
 

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these Arabic countries could not defeat Israel , recently could not defeat poorly armed haudis .........how the hell they are going to fight with super-power like Russia ?

what they will do if Russia nukes mecca & madina ??
Nobody is nuking anybody. It will prove difficult but yes, Russia will fight them off.
 

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This drill is neither against Iran nor Russia.
Why indians crying.
 
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these Arabic countries could not defeat Israel , recently could not defeat poorly armed haudis .........how the hell they are going to fight with super-power like Russia ?

what they will do if Russia nukes mecca & madina ??
You want to nuke Mecca or Medina?
Then how will you dealt with your fellow muslims.
 
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