Egypt, 5 Arab nations in live ammunition military drills

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Egyptian tanks take part in the Arab Shield military exercises in the Matrouh Governorate Mohamed Naguib miilitary base, northwest of the capital Cairo. (AFP)
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Egyptian tanks take part in the Arab Shield military exercises in the Matrouh Governorate Mohamed Naguib miilitary base, northwest of the capital Cairo. (AFP)
Updated 15 November 2018
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Egypt, 5 Arab nations in live ammunition military drills

  • Thursday’s drills were held in the western desert around the “Mohammed Naguib” military base
  • Forces from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan took part in the maneuvers

MARSA MATROUH, EGYPT: Military units from Egypt and five other Arab nations have conducted war drills with live ammunition in the Egyptian desert west of Cairo.
Thursday’s drills were held in the western desert around the “Mohammed Naguib” military base near the coastal Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh.
The drills, codenamed “Arab Shield,” bring together ground, naval and air units from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait. They are scheduled to end Friday.
Thursday’s drills involved target practice by rocket launchers, tanks and fighter-jets.
Egypt has been holding separate drills with each of these five Arab nations in recent years, but Arab Shield marked the first time that all six allies simultaneously participated in war games.


13 killed as minibus plunges into gorge in Iran

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13 killed as minibus plunges into gorge in Iran

  • The accident took place between Buin va Miandasht city and Khansar

TEHRAN: Three babies were among 13 people killed Tuesday when a minibus they were traveling in plunged into a gorge in central Iran, state news agency IRNA reported.
The brakes of the 1970s Mercedes-Benz failed during a descent in Isfahan province, Khansar city governor Mansour Kamali said.
“Ten adults and three babies were killed, and nine people were injured,” Kamali said, quoted by IRNA.
The accident took place between Buin va Miandasht city and Khansar, according to the governor.
Despite the general good state of Iran’s roads, the country has one of the world’s highest traffic death rates.
The accidents are linked to the poor state of Iranian vehicles, in part due to decades of economic sanctions, and a general disregard for basic road safety.