Saudi-US military exercise concluded

The exercise aims to support security, stability and cooperation in the region. (SPA)
Updated 19 September 2018
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Saudi-US military exercise concluded

  • The commander of the exercise, Col. Abdul Aziz bin Nasser Al-Jowair, said that the training covered a number of areas, including warning, evacuation, sampling procedures, explosive disposal and medical treatment
  • “Shield of Prevention 2” involved several seminars and lectures, as well as field exercises, focusing on how to combat weapons of mass destruction and deal with their aftermath

JEDDAH: “Shield of Prevention 2” — a joint military exercise between Saudi Arabia and America — ended on Wednesday at Prince Sultan Air Base with a ceremony attended by Chief of Armed Forces Operations Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Abdulkhaliq Al-Ghamdi.

Al-Ghamdi praised the participation of US forces, extending his thanks and appreciation to all participants for their efforts and excellence in conducting this exercise and achieving its desired goals.

The general supervisor of the exercise, Maj. Gen. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Shiblan explained that “Shield of Prevention 2” involved several seminars and lectures, as well as field exercises, focusing on how to combat weapons of mass destruction and deal with their aftermath.

The commander of the exercise, Col. Abdul Aziz bin Nasser Al-Jowair, said that the training covered a number of areas, including warning, evacuation, sampling procedures, explosive disposal and medical treatment.

“Shield of Prevention 2” was part of the Ministry of Defense’s annual training of the armed forces, one of the goals of which is to strengthen cooperation with friendly forces and with participants from other Saudi Arabian government sectors.

Meanwhile, a joint 12-day military exercise between the Saudi Royal Land Forces and the Sudanese Land Forces — “Al Hazem 1” — also concluded this week in a ceremony attended by the Commander of the Northern Region, Maj. Gen. Saleh bin Ahmad Al-Zahrani, acting on behalf of the commander of the Land Forces, Lt. Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Mutair.

The major general said that “Al-Hazen 1” was a valuable start to positive cooperation between the two armies, adding that it would benefit them both greatly and improve the exchange of knowledge and experience between them.

The ceremony was also attended by the assistant commander of the Northern Region for Operational Affairs, Maj. Gen. Khalid bin Abdul Aziz Al-Shahrani.

 


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019
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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.