US gets Arab states to pledge to help fight IS

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29166372


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.
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Hi All,
Snafu,
The U.S. needs their backing how many they can muster it has to be seen that these Arab countries are contributing no matter how little or how effective simply because if it was the west going it alone it would be seen and portrayed by Isis as a crusade against the Muslim/Arab nations IMO.
With the backing of Arab countries the U.S. can get the support of not just the armed forces of these countries but the people's backing too! and more than likely more support from other western countries they are all in the firing line and they need a coalition to band together then ask for more support in what ever form that would take when they need it.

Geoff.

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It's about time someone stood up to iS.... that Salmond is getting to big for his boots..... Ohhh hang on, you mean the other IS.. :p
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IS means Islamic State - not Independent Scotland...;o)


The U.S. needs their backing how many they can muster it has to be seen that these Arab countries are contributing no matter how little or how effective simply because if it was the west going it alone it would be seen and portrayed by Isis as a crusade against the Muslim/Arab nations IMO.
With the backing of Arab countries the U.S. can get the support of not just the armed forces of these countries but the people's backing too! and more than likely more support from other western countries they are all in the firing line and they need a coalition to band together then ask for more support in what ever form that would take when they need it.


How many men does IS have? How many would the anti-IS forces need, to be on the safe side, and could these ten nations supply that number without leaving themselves unable to defend their own home territory? And which other Arabic nations are likely to join the party on the good guy's side?
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The US media is reporting the French will fly airstrikes...but not the UK.
Any idea why?
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They have some munition which is approaching the best before date and want to use it rather than scrap it, or maybe they figure it is a nice way to keep the aircrew trained?

(I don't know, in case you hadn't guessed)

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The U.K will not at present fly air strikes in Syria. Iraq is decidedly on the table and for a while now RAF Tornados have been gleaning photographic recce information in the region.
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Thanks for the information.
I had thought they were holding back forces in case the Scottish issue gets out of hand. :)

snafu352

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Thanks for the information.
I had thought they were holding back forces in case the Scottish issue gets out of hand. :)


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