Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and other Arab states are contemplating taking part in U.S. air strikes against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
According to The Independent, Secretary of State John Kerry has been touring the region seeking support for the U.S. effort, and an unnamed U.S. official said, “Several Arab countries had offered to join” in the air strike campaign.
The official said offers have been made to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) “and to the government.” Although the official would not reveal the names of the countries, Saudi Arabia and UAE are “believed to be on the list.”
UK Prime Minister David Cameron is also preparing a new push for his country to join in the U.S. air strikes against ISIS. On September 11, Breitbart News reported that the UK PM’s office countered the position put forth by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who said Britain would not join the U.S. in air strikes. The Independent reports that Cameron is “planning to call for a British bombing campaign” following the Scottish independence vote on September 18.
All of this comes just days after Reuters reported that Secretary Kerry had “won backing from 10 Arab countries” for the overarching U.S. strategy against ISIS. These countries have reportedly pledged “to do their share in the comprehensive fight against [ISIS], including … as appropriate, joining in the many aspects of a coordinated military campaign against [ISIS].”
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