RIYADH: Following Saudi Arabia openly warned Syria’s Assad that he will be toppled, Riyadh has announced to hold region’s largest military exercises named “Northern Thunder”.
The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that soldiers from 20 countries will be gathering in Saudi Arabia for massive military exercises that are to go on for 18 days.
According to the announcement, participating troops will begin arriving in “the next few hours.” It described the exercises as “the largest and most important” military drills in the region’s history.
The “Northern Thunder” drills will be held in the north of the country and will include air, sea and land forces.
The news agency said that the exercises will show that Riyadh and its allies “stand united in confronting all challenges and preserving peace and stability in the region.”
Forces from Arab and African countries will join the exercises while the US and other Western powers have not been invited.