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.


King Salman attends closing ceremony of King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near Riyadh

Updated 23 March 2019
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King Salman attends closing ceremony of King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near Riyadh

RIYADH: King Salman on Saturday attended the closing ceremony of the 3rd King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near the capital Riyadh.

The king was received on his arrival by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, and a number of officials.

The king welcomed Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s representative Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al-Saadi, Kyrgyz Premier Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, representative of the King of Bahrain for Charity Works and Youth Affairs Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa and other guests at the camel festival’s closing ceremony. The king then handed prizes to winners of the festival. King Salman and the attendees also watched a folk dance performance.

Saudi Camel Club Chairman Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin said that the king’s patronage of the closing ceremony was the culmination of efforts to organize the festival and consolidate its heritage.