Saudi air force completes ‘Red Flag’ military exercise in US

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The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday. (SPA)
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The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday. (SPA)
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The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday. (SPA)
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The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday. (SPA)
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The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday. (SPA)
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The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday. (SPA)
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The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday. (SPA)
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The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi air force completes ‘Red Flag’ military exercise in US

LONDON: The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday, which saw more than 800 sorties carried out by the unit.
The air force conducted a number of combat scenarios in a real combat environment in which Saudi pilots demonstrated their high combat capability and rapid ability to deal with enemy targets and destroy them.
The Commander of the air force participating in the exercise, Col. Masoud bin Nasser bin Shri said that participation in the exercise aimed to deepen the bonds of cooperation and exchange of experiences between the air forces of the participating countries, and increase the level of combat readiness and skill and develop of its officers.

Col. Bin Shri confirmed that the air and technical crews achieved outstanding success and high level of accuracy and professionalism, with all flights successful.
He added that these exercises would be of great benefit to the participants of the air crews, and technical and administrative crews to develop their skills and skills and gain self-confidence and good practice in real life battle situations.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.