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
"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,
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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
Cooperation Council sheikdom, employed as a hub for the U.S. missions in
Afghanistan and Iraq.