Special to WorldTribune.com March 5th, 2014 |
WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia was said to have asked Pakistan for tens of thousands of troops to protect the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom.
Two Pakistani dailies reported that Riyad requested the deployment of two Pakistan Army divisions, or 30,000 troops, to protect the Arab kingdom.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, right, meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal in Islamabad on Jan. 8.
In early February, the newspapers, Roznama Naya Akhbar and Roznama Ummat,
said the Saudi request was part of a defense agreement drafted by Riyad and
“The daily Roznama Ummat stated that the two Pakistani divisions will train Saudi troops,” the Washington-based Middle East Media and Research Institute said.
Neither Pakistan nor Saudi Arabia have confirmed the reports. Over the last two months, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia held strategic cooperation meetings, including visits by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal and Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Salman Bin Sultan.
Roznama Naya, published in Urdu, said Pakistani Chief of Staff Gen.
Raheel Sharif was in Saudi Arabia to promote the defense cooperation accord.
The newspaper said Islamabad also sought to sell the JF-17 fighter-jet and
Al Khalid main battle tanks to the Arab kingdom, concerned over the threat
“It mentioned that Pakistani troops have been deployed in Saudi Arabia
in the past, but later the Americans began training the Saudi forces
instead, which led to cultural conflicts,” MEMRI, which monitors the Arab
and Islamist media, said on Feb. 10. “The [Roznama Naya] daily speculated
that Saudi Arabia may be interested not only in Pakistan’s military
assistance, but also in playing a role in the talks with the Taliban.”
Published on Mar 21, 2014
1-REPUBLİC OF TURKEY
The Turkish Armed Forces is the second largest standing armed force in NATO, after the U.S. Armed Forces
Turkey is one of five NATO member states which are part of the nuclear sharing policy of the alliance, together with Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.A total of 90 B61 nuclear bombs are hosted at the Incirlik Air Base, 40 of which are allocated for use by the Turkish Air Force.
In 1998, Turkey announced a modernization program worth US$160 billion over a twenty year period in various projects including tanks, fighter jets, helicopters, submarines, warships and assault rifles,Turkey is a Level 3 contributor to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program
Turkish Army commenced to accept 209 BC, and today, the Turkish Army officially uses this date as its year of foundation
2-ISLAMIC REPUBLİC OF PAKISTAN
اسلامی جمہوریۂ پاكِستان
The armed forces of Pakistan are the eighth largest in the world in terms of numbers in full-time service, with about 617,000 personnel on active duty and 513,000 reservists in 2010
and Pakistan has a small nuclear power program, with 725 MWe capacity, but plans to increase this substantially
3-ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
جمهوری اسلامی ایران
The Islamic Republic of Iran has two types of armed forces: the regular forces Islamic Republic of Iran Army, Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, Islamic Republic of Iran Navy and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), totaling about 545,000 active troops. Iran also has around 350,000 Reserve Force totaling around 900,000 trained troops
Since 2005, Iran’s nuclear program has become the subject of contention with the Western world due to suspicions that Iran could divert the civilian nuclear technology to a weapons program
4-SAUDI ARABIAN ARMY
The Saudi Arabian Army (Arabic: الجيش العربي السعودي), also called Royal Saudi Land Force (Arabic: القوات البرية الملكية السعودية), is a branch of the Saudi Armed Forces. The total number of active troops is estimated to be 150,000 The Chief of the Saudi General Staff until 2011 was Field Marshal Saleh Al-Muhaya.
The Egyptian Army is the largest service branch within the Egyptian Armed Forces, and is the largest army in both the Middle East and Africa. It is estimated to number around 468,500 personnel, in addition 1,000,000 reservists for a total of 1,468,500 strong. The modern army was established during the reign of Muhammad Ali Pasha (1805-1849), who is considered to be the ”founder of modern Egypt”. Its most significant engagements in the 20th Century were in Egypt’s five wars with the State of Israel (in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1967-1970, and 1973), one of which, the Suez Crisis of 1956, also saw it do combat with the armies of Britain, and France. The Egyptian army was also engaged heavily in the protracted North Yemen Civil War, and the brief Libyan-Egyptian War in July, 1977. Its last major engagements was Operation Desert Storm, the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation in 1991, in which Egyptian army constituted the second largest contingent of allied forces.