U.S. to Expand Training of Saudi Military

(UPI/Washington Times) - The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are looking to expand military cooperation in the coming months, planning a major conference next year at the Pentagon to discuss further U.S. training of the Saudi military, a senior State Department official said Thursday. The official said the Saudis are allowing - for the first time - the U.S. military to train its army. Up to now, most U.S. training for the Saudi military was limited to their air force and national guard. Part of the new military training will even take place on Saudi soil. There were more than 10,000 U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia at the height of the second war with Iraq. A few hundred remain.

2003-10-27 00:00:00

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