The newly unveiled joint Arab defense force will be twice the size of NATO’s Response Force at 40,000 men, according to an Arab League source.

The force, announced during the Arab League Summit’s preparatory meeting on March 25, will be based in Egypt and mainly comprise forces from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, and be led by a Saudi officer at the helm, the source added.

The identity of the Saudi general has not been revealed but the source said consultations are still ongoing. The Arab League announced that a meeting of Arab chiefs of staff will take place in Cairo at the end of April to finalize the agreement. […]