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Saudis downplay border assist from Egypt, Pakistan against ISIL

ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has denied reports that Egypt and Pakistan sent troops to protect the kingdom’s border with Iraq from the

U.S., Kuwait plan major exercise in 2015 involving 30 nations

ABU DHABI — Kuwait has been planning a major military exercise with the United States. The two allies held five days of talks

Rapid rise of ISIL prompts calls in Kuwait for urgent draft program

ABU DHABI — Kuwait has been pressed to accelerate its new military conscription program. Parliament has heard calls for a fast-track process to


BACKGROUNDER

As Russia escalated tensions with Kiev and finally launched an invasion force, the U.S. and other NATO allies were beefing up naval presence in the Black Sea in