11th September 2014 at 23:17
Ten Arab countries have agreed to help the US in its fight against the jihadist group, Islamic State (IS).
After talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah, they pledged to provide military support and humanitarian aid, and to halt the flow of funds and foreign fighters to IS...
...On Thursday, ministers representing Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered their support.
I listened to a debate about this on the radio earlier - what people don't seem to understand is that 'military support' can be defined as, for example, allowing US aircraft to use their airbases for emergency landings as much as actually sending their own troops in to fight. And unless they all send troops to get sand in their boots then their pledge is worthless; as it is there is going to be problems if some of them try to send a couple of hundred soldiers because that could represent as much as 10% of their entire force!
Just out of interest, the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan number 200,000 and look to be a better bet to take down IS.