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More Kuwaiti Army units arrive in Bahrain for GCC-US war games

By Mohammad Al-Zayadi MANAMA, May 8 (KUNA) -- Units of the Kuwaiti Army arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to take part in the "Eagle Resolve-2010" joint military exercise between the military forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), due to proceed till the 19th of this month.
Lieutenant General Mohammad Al-Kanderi, in charge of the arriving troops, said in remarks to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the drill is one of the most important common exercice, aimed at enhancing combat capacity of the forces to cope with crises, catastrophes and terrorism.
For his part, the Military attach{ at the Embassy of Kuwait in Bahrain Colonel Ali Suleiman Al-Asaker expressed gratitude to the Bahraini military command for furnishing the Kuwaiti forces with all needed logistical facilities.
The maneuvers that had already started on Wednesday would proceed till the 19th of this month. Some Kuwaiti military units had already arrived in the country for participation in the war games.
Kuwait and Bahrain are member states in the GCC, founded in the early 80s in shadow of a major war between the regional states, Iran and Iraq.
The GCC, which includes Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman and Qatar, was founded to bolster cooperation at military and non-military levels and coordinate policies vis-a-vis external threats.
The United States is a major ally of Kuwait and the other member states of the GCC. It spearheaded the war of liberation of Kuwait in 1991, driving troops of the ousted Iraqi Baath regime of the executed dictator, Saddam Hussein, out of the country, following months of occupation of the Gulf country.
Kuwait and some GCC countries are bound with military and defense cooperation accords with Washington. (end) mz.rk KUNA 081626 May 10NNNN