The second phase of ‘Gulf Shield 1’ concluded in the east of Saudi Arabia on Saturday

The second phase of ‘Gulf Shield 1’ concluded in the east of Saudi Arabia on Saturday
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Photo showing special forces units in sweeping manoeuvre as part of ‘Gulf Shield 1’ phase two training in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
The second phase of ‘Gulf Shield 1’ concluded in the east of Saudi Arabia on Saturday
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Photo showing units from Saudi Arabia and 23 other countries complete ‘Gulf Shield 1’ phase two training in the Eastern Province. (SPA)
The second phase of ‘Gulf Shield 1’ concluded in the east of Saudi Arabia on Saturday
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Photo showing units from Saudi Arabia and 23 other countries complete ‘Gulf Shield 1’ phase two training in the Eastern Province. (SPA)
The second phase of ‘Gulf Shield 1’ concluded in the east of Saudi Arabia on Saturday
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Photo showing F-16 fighter taxying in an air field in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia as part of ‘Gulf Shield 1’. (SPA)
The second phase of ‘Gulf Shield 1’ concluded in the east of Saudi Arabia on Saturday
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Photo showing a camouflaged sniper in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province as part of ‘Gulf Shield 1 exercise. (SPA)
Updated 07 April 2018

The second phase of ‘Gulf Shield 1’ concluded in the east of Saudi Arabia on Saturday

The second phase of ‘Gulf Shield 1’ concluded in the east of Saudi Arabia on Saturday

London: 24 countries participated in the exercise, which included air, land and navy units in addition to air defense systems and special forces unit carrying out mock scenarios to attack and control huge areas of alleged enemy territory.

The aim of the maneuver was to ensure effective coordination between multi-national units from the 24 countries to maintain peace and security against modern adversaries — be it classic warfare or war operations against a non-state threat.

The exercise is considered one of the biggest in the region for the number of troops taking part in it. And is similar to operations like ‘Desert Storm’ in 1990-1991, and ‘Northern Thunder’ that took place in ‘Hafr Al Batin’ region in Saudi Arabia in 2016.

The Saudi Arabian-led exercise aimed to show the capability of Kingdom forces to plan and execute intricate military planing to manage seamless operation in various theaters of conflictusing the most developed communication and mapping technology to operate modern weapon systems.

Four of the participating armies are classified part of the ten most important armed forces in the world. The exercise demonstrated the 24 armed forces’ ability to liaise and operate in real time to attack missile launching sites, naval coastal control and protection, in addition to special forces’ lightning attacks, village door-to-door sweeps as well as clearing vital installations after an unconventional munitions attack.


Najran governor cites programs benefiting people with disabilities

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Najran governor cites programs benefiting people with disabilities

Najran governor cites programs benefiting people with disabilities

NAJRAN: Thursday was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Najran Gov. Prince Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz took the opportunity to stress that Saudi Arabia’s leadership focuses on all segments of society.

Prince Jalawi was speaking during a meeting in his office with the head of the Najran Literary Club Saeed Al-Mardamah and disabled author Mahdi Al-Mutlaq, who presented the prince with a copy of his latest novel.

Prince Jalawi lauded Al-Mutlaq’s participation in literary and cultural events as an active member of the Saudi society.

He also expressed his support for the plan to hold an art exhibition for blind people from around the Kingdom in Najran.