Jordan kicks off 11th annual Warrior Competition

Chairman of the Jordanian Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat on Sunday (April 14th) attended the opening ceremony of the 11th annual international Warrior Competition, Jordanian media reported.

This year’s competition, held at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre (KASOTC), includes 39 teams from 27 countries, KASOTC director general Col. Omar Shqeirat said.

Shqeirat said Jordan would remain at the forefront of the war against terrorism, noting that as times change, so do the tools used to combat terrorism.

He said KASOTC is keeping pace with such changes to develop its training systems, the Jordanian news agency, Petra, reported.

The annual competition has played a role in the development of the centre by bringing together "the best of the world", not only to compete but also to exchange experience and learn from one another, Shqeirat said.

The competition is an important military event that provides an opportunity to build partnerships among the participating teams, he added.

The opening ceremony included demonstrations by various units of the Jordanian Armed Forces and security apparatuses, including a drill on attacking a terrorist cell and protecting a VIP.

The Special Unit/71 also staged a raiding exercise using ropes and explosives in a simulation that included freeing hostages and arresting terrorists.

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