Northern Thunder….largely avoided in the general media, but clearly an event in the Middle East that should be noticed given it’s current state of turmoil; specifically Syria. Will this massive exercise lead to one of the many destructive prophecies waiting in the wings?
The gathering of one of the largest Muslim force in history is a significant message for Daesch….The drill involves 20 countries, amongst whom, Egypt and Pakistan, both of whom have sizable and equipped armies. Egypt has the largest army in Africa; Pakistan is a nuclear power.
The political and strategic substance of the drill is the show of an army with 350,000 strong troops, 2,500 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 450 helicopters, under Saudi leadership. The 20-member coalition makes part of a broader 35-member Arab and Muslim (Sunni) coalition put together by Saudi Arabia.