U.S., Saudi Forces Conduct Joint Military Exercise in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

U.S. and Saudi Arabia's ground forces on Thursday concluded a joint military exercise, translated as “Earnest Leader 2017” in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.

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Hajj 2017

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Vision 2030

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Social Media

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U.S.-Saudi Relations

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U.S.-Saudi Military Sales

US-Saudi joint exercise ‘Earnest Leader 2017’ concludes

US-Saudi ground forces on Thursday concluded their joint exercise “Earnest Leader 2017” in Tabuk, which aimed to develop and strengthen military relations, plans and programs ...


Yemen Civil War

Yemen central bank complains to Saudi-led coalition about cash deliveries

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