Bahrain hosts warplane drills with US, Arabs, Turkey

April 08, 2012, Sunday/ 12:47:00

Bahrain's military says the US, Turkey and seven other countries are taking part in the Gulf nation's largest air force exercises in more than two decades.

The official Bahrain News Agency says at least 100 warplanes will join the drills on Sunday, which come amid heightened Western pressures on Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.

Bahrain also is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet. Bahrain says the aerial maneuvers are its biggest since 1988 and include Arab allies, Turkey, Pakistan and the US.