A joint military exercise between Saudi infantry and Pakistani Special Forces kicked off Sunday at King Salman’s Mountain Warfare Center on Shamrakh field near Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Baha, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The drill, dubbed “Al-Samsam 5,” comes as “an extension of a series of joint exercises between Saudi ground forces and a group of forces from friendly countries, including Pakistan,” Drill Director Shaeh bin Abdullah al-Qarni said, during a speech delivered at a ceremony marking the occasion.

“The exercise will focus on the war in difficult mountainous terrain environments and irregular operations,” al-Qarni added, noting that “participants in the exercise include the Royal Saudi Air Forces, Land Forces Aviation, and units of the Border Guards.” […]