‘Eagle Resolve 2017’ military exercise starts in Kuwait

Updated 19 March 2017
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‘Eagle Resolve 2017’ military exercise starts in Kuwait

KUWAIT: Saudi armed forces, as well as those of other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and some US military on Sunday started the Eagle Resolve 2017 military exercises in Kuwait.
Lt. Gen. Mohammed Khaled Al-Khader, chief of general staff of Kuwait’s Army, attended the activities along with the leaders of the army units participating in the exercise.
Al-Khader delivered a speech at the start of the exercise, praising the participation of the GCC countries and thanking the troops participating in the exercise for their effort to plan for and prepare the exercises.
Brig. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Rabie, the commander of the Saudi units participating in the exercise, said Eagle Resolve 2017 “is part of efforts to promote mutual cooperation and raise the combat readiness of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, in order to be able to meet regional challenges.”
Eagle Resolve 2017, which lasts for three weeks, aims to allow participating units to exchange experiences and to standardize procedures in the field of planning and implementation.

 


Libya loses 400,000 barrels of storage capacity due to militant attacks

Updated 19 June 2018
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Libya loses 400,000 barrels of storage capacity due to militant attacks

LONDON: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said that at least 400,000 barrels of storage capacity has been lost within the past few days due to militant attacks on Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra.
The NOC announced Monday that it has suffered “catastrophic losses” when two storage tanks were destroyed during fierce clashes in its oil crescent, northeast of the country.
Armed groups on Thursday attacked the Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra terminals held by Haftar’s forces around 650 kilometers (400 miles) east of Tripoli.
Haftar led a “major offensive” on Sunday following the attacks to drive rival groups from the country’s northeastern oil crescent.
NOC chief Mustafa Sonallah warned in statements carried by Reuters that if oil exports from these terminals remain at a standstill it could cause a “national disaster.”
The oil firm warned on Friday that output could fall by up to 400,000 barrels per day if the export shutdown continues.