Arab states risk backlash by joining Syria strikes

Mideast Islamid State Arabs Role

In this image released Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 by the official Saudi Press Agency, a Saudi pilot sits in the cockpit of a fighter jet as part of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Islamic State militants and other targets in Syria that began early Tuesday. Arab countries’ prominent role in initial airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria shatters the notion of what a typical American-led military operation looks like and won the Mideast allies’ praise from U.S. President Barack Obama for their willingness to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder.

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