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Amman ~ 9th MESOC Conference In Session

The 9th MESOC (Middle East Special Operations Commanders) Conference is today underway in the Jordanian capital city of Amman, reports Bob Morrison.


Focusing on Hybrid Warfare in the Global Grey Zone, an ever-changing operational environment, the conference opened with a keynote speech by Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, Chairman of the Jordanian Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Hussein.

MESOC takes place every two years ahead of SOFEX [© Bob Morrison]

Speakers in the first of the three sessions to be held today were: Col. Sufian Al Slaihat, Commander of Jordan’s King Abdullah II Special Forces Group; Gen. Raymond A Thomas III, Commander of US Special Operations Command; and Staff Col. Mohammed Al Salmy, Deputy Commander UAE Special Operations Command.


In a change to the programme they were joined by Gen. Taleb Al Kanani, Commander of Iraq’s Joint Operations and Anti-Terrorism Force who after a presentation participated with them in a panel discussion moderated by Riad Khawaji of SEGMA.


General Raymond A Thomas III at MESOC Conference today [© Bob Morrison]

The second session was opened by Brig. Timothy Bayliss, Chief of Staff of Australia’s Special Operations Command, and the third by Lt. Gen. Erich Pfeffer, Commander of Bundeswehr Joint Forces Operations.


This evening awards for the 10th Annual Warrior Competition are due to be presented at KASOTC and tomorrow SOFEX 2018 is scheduled to commence at Marka.

Lt. Gen. Sir John Lorimer,, UK Chief of Joint Operations and Defence Senior Advisor Middle East with Brig. Timothy Bayliss, Chief of Staff of Australia’s Special Operations Command between MESOC sessions [© Bob Morrison]

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