Arab Countries to Hold Exercise Northern Thunder in Saudi Arabia

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    A number of Egyptian military units were dispatched to Saudi Arabia on Sunday for joint military exercises with a number of other countries, according to a statement by the armed forces spokesman.

    Ground forces, air troops and special forces from a number of Arab and Islamic countries are participating in the “Thunder of the North” exercise, which will last for a several days, Egypt's Brigadier-General Mohamed Samir said.

    The statement did not specify further details about the composition of the Egyptian component.

    The exercises are part of a joint military exercise plan to integrate military relations between Egypt and “brotherly and friendly countries.”

    Samir said the exercise aims at reaching "the highest levels of combat efficiency" and to train forces together to face "the dangers and challenges that target the safety and stability of the region."

    The training includes exercises designed to raise the combat efficiency of the participating units, including their efficiency in deployment.

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsCon...roops-head-to-Saudi-Arabia-for-Thunder-o.aspx

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    This smells like an anti Iran exercise.There are too many conventional forces involved and the use of Egypt's Rapid Reaction Force is to show Iran that a country with a population of 80 million people can deploy its forces to support the low population GCC states. Egypt is or was participating in the Saudi led military operations in Yemen. The Egyptian Navy took control of the Bab Mandab strait to help block arms shipments and fighters to Yemen. The GCC might want to give Iran the message that they don't need Uncle Sam to fight Iran if it gets out of line.
     
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    There will be 21 Arab and Muslim countries taking part in huge drills,” Assiri told London-based newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat. “It will serve to boost fighting capabilities, exchange information, benefit from experiences and expertise and enhance coordination between the participating countries. There will be joint military command centres,” he said.

    Assiri added that “when participating countries feel that there are coordinated and interdependent efforts, the results of the exercise will be positive. We have models based on real experience of being in the Arab coalition in Yemen where operations are running excellently and positively,” he was quoted by the daily as saying.

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    Thanks for the updates, we are following this guy too.

    Some people think that this exercise could be a precursor to a Syria Operation. The exercise is taking place in Eastern Saudi Arabia to my knowledge. Thats relatively far from Syria but it is still important to note that there is a lot f equipment being sent for this exercise from a variety of countries.
     
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    People on YouTube are freaking out over this exercise, below we have a self made grand strategist:



    Everyone is like WW3.

    I don't think the exercise has started yet, on Twitter I am only seeing people arrive from around the Islamic World.



    @Cossack25A1 check out some of those M113 mods.
     
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    Turkish Special Forces Soldier at Northern Thunder with a Saudi Soldier

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