UAE Pulls out of US-led anti-ISIS Coalition after Death of Jordanian Pilot

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Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) pulled out of the air campaign fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants after the capture of a Jordanian pilot who has since been killed by the extremists, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The pilot was captured in December and ISIS militants released a video Tuesday allegedly showing the man in a cage being burned alive.

Quoting US officials, the Times said that the UAE suspended airstrikes in December after the capture, fearing for the fate of its pilots.

Alongside Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates was the first Arab country to join the US-led anti-ISIS air campaign and to confirm its war jets action in Syria. When Australia announced it was joining the campaign as well, it sent fighter jets and forces to UAE as its contribution to the coalition’s military operations.

The UAE, a key Washington alley in the campaign, wants the US to improve its search-and-rescue efforts, including the use of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, in northern Iraq, closer to the battleground.

As it stands, the US-led mission is based in Kuwait, administration officials said, according to the Times. It said UAE pilots will not rejoin the fight until the Ospreys — which take off and land like helicopters but fly like planes — are deployed in northern Iraq.

The Jordanian pilot was captured by ISIS militants within minutes of his plane crashing in December near Raqqa, Syria, the Times said, quoting a senior US military official.

But UAE officials questioned if American military rescue teams would have been able to reach the pilot even if there had been more time for a rescue effort, administration officials said.

The UAE foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, asked Barbara Leaf, the new US ambassador, why the United States had not put proper resources in northern Iraq for rescuing downed pilots, a senior administration official said, according to the Times.

The UAE declined comment.

"We cannot comment on issues discussed in private meetings," an official source said in Abu Dhabi after the publication of the Times article.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

Comments

HORRENDOUS ACT , Assad is benefitting from such actions of ISIS and Hezboshaitan,and the US led coalition, who have even done worse(if that can be comprehended). Why should we not assume that they are on the same side.

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