Iraq warns Saudi against aggression in the country
An Iraqi policeman in Ramadi sits on an armored vehicle mounted with a national flag on Feb. 12, 2016, after security forces retook the eastern outskirts of the city from Daesh. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
The spokesman for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units has warned Saudi Arabia against any ground aggression into the Arab country.
Ahmad al-Assadi said on Saturday that they would turn Iraq into a "graveyard" for Saudi forces in the event of any aggression on Iraqi territory.
The warning came amid reports that Saudi Arabia and its allies are planning to conduct a joint military maneuver in the kingdom’s north, close to Iraqi border.
Saudi media said earlier this week that some 350,000 forces from the Persian Gulf Arab states and a number of other countries, including Egypt, Sudan and Pakistan, would take part in the Saudi-led military exercise dubbed “North Thunder” in the area of Hafer al-Batin.
Some 2,540 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 460 helicopters are scheduled to participate in the exercise.
Assadi stressed volunteer forces will confront Saudi Arabia and other countries participating in the military drills should they dare come closer to Iraq’s western borders.
Apart from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have expressed willingness to send troops to Syria to join the US-led campaign against Daesh.
Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.
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