Decisive Rebuff? Iraq Sends Military Forces to Border With Saudi Arabia

Sunday, February 14, 2016
By Paul Martin

Saudi Arabia started large-scale military exercises close to the Iraqi border. The military training known under name “Northern Thunder” involves ground and air forces from Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and several other Arab and Islamic countries.

Iraq has deployed “large” military forces at the border with Saudi Arabia to oversee the ongoing military training conducted by the kingdom, member of the parliamentary security and defense committee Adnan al-Asadi told the Iraqi news agency INA.

The large-scale military exercises started on Tuesday, with the participation of ground forces from Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and several other Arab states, the members of the Riyadh’s antiterrorist coalition.

The exercise is expected to last 18 days and involves about 150 thousand soldiers.

“Large military forces have been sent to observe the maneuvers at the Iraqi-Saudi border in coordination with the security authorities,” al-Asadi stated.

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