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Friday, July 29, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Kuwait, U.S. armies conduct exercise vs. enemy resembling Iran

ABU DHABI — Kuwait and the United States held an exercise meant to defend against an attack from neighboring Iran.


Officials said the armies of Kuwait and the United States concluded an exercise as part of an effort to increase interoperability and combat skills. They said the exercise, which ended on July 27, focused on defense and counter-offensive maneuvers that envisioned an attack from an enemy that resembled Iran.

"The Kuwait Army concluded joint exercises with their U.S. counterpart on July 27 on retaliation and defense tactics, according to a defense agreement between the two sides," the official Kuwait news agency, Kuna, said.

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The exercise included the Kuwait Army's commando brigade. Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Mohammed Al Khodor said his troops were eager to learn combat techniques from the U.S. and other militaries.

Kuwait has long been designated a major non-NATO ally of the United States. The U.S. military has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers in the Gulf Cooperation Council sheikdom, employed as a hub for the U.S. missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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