Saudi Money Gathers Together 350,000 Soldiers From 20 Countries In Northern Saudi

Saudi Arabia amasses 350,000 troops in massive show of military firepower

MORE than 2,500 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 450 helicopters have assembled as Saudi Arabia flexes its military muscles at Iran, Syria and Russiay David Trayner / Published 16th February 2016.

Saudi jets, soldiers and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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ACTION MAN: Saudi jets and soldiers – and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Armed forces from 20 countries have gathered for the “largest and most important” military drill in the history of the Middle East – dubbed “Northern Thunder”.

Many of the nations involved cut diplomatic ties with Iran after a mob attacked the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran and the exercises are seen as a veiled threat to the Islamic Kingdom’s Middle Eastern rival.

The mammoth 18-day manoeuvres – which involve four times as many troops as the British Army – come as .

Saudi Arabian special forces
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“It will serve to boost fighting capabilities”

Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri

Gulf nations and other allies – such as Pakistan, Jordan, Chad and Sudan – are taking part in the drill, which will involve ground, naval and air forces.

Saudi Arabia said Northern Thunder would send the message it and its allies “stand united in confronting all challenges and preserving peace and stability in the region”.

Neither the US nor any western nation was invited to take part.

Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri said: “It will serve to boost fighting capabilities, exchange information, benefit from experiences and expertise and enhance coordination between the participating countries.”

Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border
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