Armed forces from 20 Sunni countries have begun maneuvers in northeastern Saudi Arabia that the official Saudi Press Agency described as one of the world's biggest military exercises. The twenty Sunni countries are showcasing their capabilities to Iran in defense of Sunni Arab countries Iran is trying to invade.
Troops from Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Sudan are among those participating in the "Thunder of the North" exercise, which began on Saturday and involves ground, air and naval forces, SPA reported.
Forces from the other five Gulf Arab states are also taking part in "one of the world's most important military exercises based on the number of forces participating and the area of territory used," the news agency added.
It said a major goal of the exercise was to improve training in responding to the threat posed by "terrorist groups." In essence, these terrorist groups are all Iranian proxies trained and funded by the Iranian Mullahs in Tehran.
Saudi Arabia has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria as part of a US-led coalition fighting the jihadists.
Last December, it also formed a new 35-member alliance to fight "terrorism" in Islamic countries.
Unlike Barack Obama, who unleashed Iranian terror unto the region with his Iran Deal and is timidly fighting ISIS, Saudi Arabia has committed all its powers to fighting the Sunni extremism of ISIS and the Shiite extremism of Iran and Hezbollah.
Something that is often missed by the media.
AFP contributed to this article.