Kuwaiti woman officer joins Saudi's huge military exercise

Al Anood Al Abdali
Al Anood Al Abdali

Al Abdali is the second Arab female military officer after UAE's Major Al Mansouri to make headlines for their role in operations.



By Curated by Yousuf Saifuddin Kapadia

Published: Sat 20 Feb 2016, 5:49 PM

Last updated: Thu 22 Sep 2022, 3:08 PM

A Kuwaiti woman military officer has garnered a lot of attention on the internet lately, after it was reported that she was among the officers participating in Saudi Arabia's massive 20-GCC nation military exercise.

Al Anood Al Abdali, a physical education teacher in Kuwait, had successfully passed all tests to become an officer in the Operations Sector in 2012.

Al Abdali has become the second Arab woman military officer to make headlines in recent years, after UAE's Major Mariam Al Mansouri was lauded in the region and all over the world, when she participated in airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Yemen in 2014.

Al Mansouri was also awarded the Asia Game Changer Award at a function at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York in 2015.

Al Abdali's participation in the military exercise has stirred up a debate online where while most netizens supported the presence of women within the armed forces - there are also those who opposed their participation, saying women are not fit for such operations and should not be involved in dangerous or risky actions.

But it's not just woman officers making their presence felt in the armed forces, but a few years back, a 26-year-old Pakistani woman fighter pilot, Ayesha Farooq, became a nightmare for the Taleban - when she bombed the terrorist group's hideouts in North Waziristan as part of mission Zarb-e-Azb.


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