Concern Over Iranian Influence Cited as a Key Reason for UAE’s Suspension of Anti-ISIS Operations

February 4, 2015 4:42 PM

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Concern over their pilots’ safety and the growing role of Iran in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has prompted the United Arab Emirates to drop out of the American-led coalition fighting the terror group, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The United Arab Emirates are demanding that the Pentagon improve its search-and-rescue efforts, including the use of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, in northern Iraq, closer to the battleground, instead of basing the missions in Kuwait, administration officials said. The country’s pilots will not r...

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