Saudi troops return home as Eager Lion military exercise concludes in Jordan

Saudi troops return home as Eager Lion military exercise concludes in Jordan
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The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. (SPA)
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The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. (SPA)
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The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. (SPA)
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The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. (SPA)
Updated 06 September 2019

Saudi troops return home as Eager Lion military exercise concludes in Jordan

Saudi troops return home as Eager Lion military exercise concludes in Jordan
  • The commander of the Saudi forces said the exercise developed participants’ ability to plan and execute joint operations
  • Personnel from the Saudi army, navy, air force and air defense partook in activities

AMMAN: The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, and the heads of delegations participating in the exercise from 30 other countries.
8,000 took part in the exercise at various locations across Jordan.
Personnel from the Saudi army, navy, air force and air defense partook in activities, alongside members of the security forces of the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Japan, South Korea, Jordan and Egypt.
Brig. Gen. Jaafar bin Hadi Al-Qahtani, commander of the Saudi forces, said that the exercise accomplished many objectives, including developing the participants’ ability to plan and execute joint operations, and exchange experiences between the Saudi armed forces and their international counterparts.
Saudi security personnel successfully completed exercises aimed at improving their skills in combating terror, and received training in fighting in cities, freeing hostages, planning and responding to electronic warfare, implementing strategic bombing operations, sniper training and weapons of mass destruction protection training.
They also carried out joint operations and training related to international maritime security, psychological warfare and monitoring and destroying remote-controlled devices.
“The exercises simulate reality and live ammunition was used during most of them,” Al-Qahtani added.


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.

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