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UAE brings in military service

A contingent force from the United Arab Emirates holding their national flag, stand at ease on the tarmac of Kuwait International Airport February 23, 2003The United Arab Emirates on Saturday introduced military service, compulsory for men aged between 18 and 30, state news agency WAM announced. A law on military service was brought in under the UAE constitution, which stipulates “the defence of the federation is a sacred duty for every citizen,” WAM said. Emirati nationals account for only around 20 percent of the population of oil-rich UAE, a seven-member federation. Abu Dhabi announced plans to introduce military service in January.

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