Arab cooperation is symbolic win for US, but uneasy allies face many tests

September 17, 2014 2:14 PM

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Arab cooperation is symbolic win for US, but uneasy allies face many tests

ARAB participation in US-led air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will be symbolically important in diluting the impression of another American war in the Middle East and showcasing the role being played by the Sunni world in combating a vicious perversion of Muslim values and an alarming threat to the status quo.

Military capability is not a problem: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar together have hundreds of fighter aircraft, though the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has next to no experience of coordination. Politically, however, fighting with the US would require greater determination than they h...

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