Joint military drills with US, Sudan completed: Saudi official




Saudi Arabia announced yesterday that it had completed military drills with the US and Sudan that started separately on 9 September, the Anadolu Agency reported.

The completion of Saudi-US drills, Defensive Shield 2, took place in the Prince Sultan Air Base.

Commander of the Saudi Armed Operation Forces Brigadier, Mohammad Abdel-Khaliq Al-Ghamedi, stressed on the importance of joint drills in exchanging expertise and promoting training.

Meanwhile, Saudi finished drills with the Sudanese ground forces in the Prince Khalid Centre for Tactical Exercises.

The drills, the Saudi news agency said, aimed at “promoting and reinforcing relations between the two countries as well as exchanging military expertise and planning for gruella war and making military decisions related to such wars.”

In March 2015, the US -backed Saudi-led coalition launched a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.

Sayyad Abdulmalik AL-Houthi claimed on one of his speech that Saudi Arabia is just a tool used by USA and Israel to fight Yemen to conquer it and wrestle control over Red Sea and Bab-AL-Mandab which will enable them to rule the world.

According to several reports, the coalition air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as the coalitiondeadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.

International human rights organisations accused Western countries, including the United States, Britain, France and Spain, of supplying the coalition in Yemen with weapons which are being used to commit possible war crimes in Yemen.