North Thunder is reminder of Kuwait liberation force

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Updated 20 February 2016
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North Thunder is reminder of Kuwait liberation force

HAFR AL-BATIN: North Thunder, one of the biggest military exercises in the region, which is currently taking place here, is a reminder of the force that was formed to counter Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.
About 25 years ago, Saudi Arabia hosted a coalition of 30 states that had gathered to liberate Kuwait.
North Thunder brings together 20 Arab and Muslim countries. Ten of the countries gathered here during that time at King Khaled Military City (KKMC).
The KKMC is one of the country’s newest bases, and one of the largest in the Middle East.
There are about 200,000 soldiers from Arab and Muslim countries gathered here, including Pakistan, Egypt, UAE, Malaysia, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain, Senegal, Sudan, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Qatar, Mauritania and Mauritius.
The military city is equipped with a wide range of support facilities, including a military hospital, training centers, and vast areas for ground and air defense forces.
It has become a symbol of the country’s determination to fight terrorism and ensure peace prevails in the region.
Saudi Arabia is currently leading a military campaign against Iran-backed terrorists in Yemen.
In December, it also announced the formation of a 34-member alliance against terrorism.
A Saudi source said on Thursday that members of the new anti-terrorism coalition would gather in Saudi Arabia next month for its first publicly announced meeting.
Riyadh has said the alliance would share intelligence, combat violent ideologies and deploy troops if necessary.


Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

Omaima Al-Khamis, a Saudi writer receives Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel at the American University (AUC) in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2018. (REUTERS)
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Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

  • Al-Khamis, born in 1966 in Riyadh, studied Arabic literature at the King Saud University and was listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2010

JEDDAH: Saudi novelist Umaima Al-Khamis has received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018 for her latest novel “Masra Al-Gharaniq fi Mudub Al-Aqiq” (Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate).
The American University in Cairo Press (AUC) made the announcement on Wednesday. The awards are announced annually on the birth anniversary of the Egyptian Nobel laureate. Al-Khamis, born in 1966 in Riyadh, studied Arabic literature at the King Saud University and was listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2010.
In her acceptance speech, Al-Khamis paid tribute to Naguib Mahfouz and described him as a great writer who taught the “magic and craft of” storytelling.