|Riyadh has adopted an assertive foreign policy since King Salman took the throne last year following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. The kingdom is leading a mainly Arab coalition fighting rebels in Yemen, is taking part in US-led air strikes against ISIL and has offered to send special forces to fight in Syria.|
“Northern Thunder" is also taking place after tensions escalated between Saudi Arabia and Iran, who back opposing sides in Syria and Yemen.
|As usual the internet has been rife with rumor and suspicions. Many conspiracy theorists are supposing an invasion of Syria is a given. Others suspect Iran is the first on the UAE agenda.|
This may have the potential to start a global conflict.