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Egyptian troops head to Saudi Arabia for 'Thunder of The North' exercise

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Jan 2016
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Egyptian troops head to Saudi Arabia for joint military exercise (Photo: Courtesy of Egypt's army spokesman's official Facebook page)
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A number of Egyptian military units were dispatched to Saudi Arabia on Sunday for joint military exercises with a number of other countries, according to a statement by the armed forces spokesman.
 
Ground forces, air troops and special forces from a number of Arab and Islamic countries are participating in the “Thunder of the North” exercise, which will last for a several days, Egypt's Brigadier-General Mohamed Samir said.
 
The statement did not specify further details about the composition of the Egyptian component.
 
Egyptian troops
(Photo: Courtesy of Egypt's army spokesman's official Facebook page)
 
The exercises are part of a joint military exercise plan to integrate military relations between Egypt and “brotherly and friendly countries.”
 
Samir said the exercise aims at reaching "the highest levels of combat efficiency" and to train forces together to face "the dangers and challenges that target the safety and stability of the region."
 
The training includes exercises designed to raise the combat efficiency of the participating units, including their efficiency in deployment.
 
Egyptian troops
(Photo: Courtesy of Egypt's army spokesman's official Facebook page)
 
Last April, Egypt's naval and air forces participated in a joint Egyptian-Bahraini military exercise for the first time.
 
Egypt's National Defence Council extended this month the deployment of Egyptian Armed Forces units in the Gulf area, the Red Sea and the Bab Al-Mandab strait for an additional year, or until the end of their mission.
 
Saudi Arabia announced in December the formation of a coalition of Muslim countries, including Egypt, to combat terrorism.
 
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Terrence
29-01-2016 02:44am
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Flexing muscles against the weak now
How a strong military can be rendered so impotent in a matter of decades is simply mind-blowing! Now the military has to look for redemption against the minnow Yemen and against its own citizens.
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Terrence
28-01-2016 03:10pm
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Is this to avenge the thrashing at the hands of Yemenis in 1967?
If anything, the prospect is even worse now with the fighting capability of the Egyptian military slowly but surely being rendered impotent. Once an army gets involved massively in oppressing its civilian population and gets involved in business and politics that army is finished. What is left are some people in uniforms and arms and ammunition which are good only when pointed towards their own people.
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Al
25-01-2016 05:03pm
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ISIS NOT Yemen
If it's to fight ISIS, it's a good idea, but Yemen! would be a moronic move!
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Reality
26-01-2016 05:57am
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Fight ISIS?
Going to ISIS headoffice to fight ISIS?
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