Arab Leaders Agree Joint Military Force

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Arab leaders agreed on Sunday to form a joint military force after a summit dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen and the threat from Islamist extremism.

Arab representatives will meet over the next month to study the creation of the force and present their findings to defense ministers within four months, according to the resolution adopted by the leaders.

"Assuming the great responsibility imposed by the great challenges facing our Arab nation and threatening its capabilities, the Arab leaders had decided to agree on the principle of a joint Arab military force," Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the summit in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The decision was mostly aimed at fighting jihadists who have overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria and secured a foothold in Libya, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said ahead of the summit.

On Sunday, Arabi told the meeting the region was threatened by a "destructive" force that threatened "ethnic and religious diversity", in an apparent reference to the Islamic State group.

"What is important is that today there is an important decision, in light of the tumult afflicting the Arab world," he said.

Egypt had pushed for the creation of the rapid response force to fight militants, and the matter gained urgency this week after Saudi Arabia and Arab allies launched air strikes on Huthi rebels in Yemen.

Arabi, reading a statement at the conclusion of the summit, said on Sunday the offensive would continue until the Huthis withdraw from regions they have overrun and surrender their weapons.

Several Arab states including Egypt are taking part in the military campaign, which Saudi King Salman said on Saturday would continue until the Yemeni people "enjoy security."

- 'Months to create' -

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi at the start of the summit called for the offensive to end only when the Huthis "surrender", calling the rebel leader an Iranian "puppet."

However, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the leaders to find a peaceful resolution in Yemen.

"It is my fervent hope that at this Arab League summit, leaders will lay down clear guidelines to peacefully resolve the crisis in Yemen," he said.

James Dorsey, a Middle East analyst with the Singapore-based S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said that despite support for a joint-Arab force, "it would still take months to create and then operate on an ad-hoc basis.

"I don't think we will get an integrated command anytime soon, as no Arab leader would cede control of any part of their army anytime soon," he said.

"Today we will have a formal declaration that would be negotiated every time during action."

Sisi said in a recent interview that the proposal for a joint force was welcomed especially by Jordan, which might take part alongside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Aaron Reese, deputy research director at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, said "each of these countries would bring a different capability.

"The Jordanians are well known for their special forces capability... the Egyptians of course have the most manpower and bases close to Libya."

Before Egyptian air strikes in February targeting the IS in Libya, the United Arab Emirates, which shares Cairo's antipathy towards Islamists, had reportedly used Egyptian bases to launch its own air strikes there.

Cairo had sought U.N. backing for intervention in Libya, dismissing attempted peace talks between the rival governments in its violence-plagued North African neighbor as ineffective.

Comments 13
Thumb Mystic 29 March 2015, 13:43

These people just do not get it. The Ansarallah will not surrender, that is for sure. They will continue to fight you foreign aggressors with whatever means necessary, you can count on that.

So the point is, this war will continue until you withdraw forces from Yemen unconditionally.

Missing humble 29 March 2015, 15:39

Because you think in Iran it is better?
When will come the day you will dare to say that both KSA AND IRAN are back aged models.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 30 March 2015, 01:46

Mystic - Saudi Arabia has no choice. They need to support Hadi government since the alternative is either Al-Qaeda, Al-Houthi or both.

Missing bigjohn 30 March 2015, 02:43

"They need to support Hadi government since the alternative is either Al-Qaeda, Al-Houthi or both"..... Very interesting......So this will happen by dropping bombs on the Houthis? this will make Hadi government stronger. The KSA will by dropping bombs prevent "Houthis, Al qaeda or both from taking over? Gee, America, the Soviet Union, and Israel failed to impose their will on what kind of government they can have, but the KSA who had their troops run away from Houthis during the border battle will control the country by dropping bombs? This reminds me of America bombing Iraq and the embargo from 1991 to 2003.

Missing bigjohn 30 March 2015, 02:46

"Because you think in Iran it is better?" Humble i do not support ANY religious sectarian government, but I can easily say that Iran is better than KSA. 'People in the USA always vote for the lesser of two evils"

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 29 March 2015, 13:49

excellent war plan from gulf as usual but without scheduled time and plan
they knew when to start but they do not know when and how it ends
god bless democracy

Thumb geha 29 March 2015, 15:58

what does it have to do with Lebanon? nasrallah knows now there cannot be a repeat of 7 ayar anymore. no militia will be allowed to take over an arab country by force of weapons.

Thumb shab 29 March 2015, 17:07

End of the Persian dream. Lebanon should join.

Missing canadianadam 29 March 2015, 19:08

We should join and commit the arms they gave us to it. In turn, I hope very soon HA meet the Jordanian special forces in person.

Missing bigjohn 30 March 2015, 02:34

Yes, the Arab troops will sit in the sun and not fire a shot like the Egyptians, Syrians, Moroccans, and other Arab forces did in 1991 and get paid for it by the billions by Saudi money.

Thumb megahabib 29 March 2015, 23:02

These Gulf apes are in bed with ISIL.

Missing bigjohn 30 March 2015, 02:24

SISI destroyed the tunnels in Gaza so the Palestinians could not get arms to defend themselves against Israeli aggressions in Gaza. These hated by the Sunnis puppet dictators have surrendered to Israeli domination and are trying to turn the Arab Israeli conflict into an Shiite/sunni conflict but IT WIIL NOT work because the Sunni populace HATE them and consider them COLLABORATORS.

Missing bigjohn 30 March 2015, 02:33

In the 1960's, Nasser and the Arab left supported Arab nationalists and Communists in Yemen who were mostly from Sunni background, and the puppet KSA King supported reactionaries who were mostly zaidis! This has nothing to do with sects! The struggle against Zionists, Imperialists, and their collaborators started DECADES before anyone knew Khomenie and before Nasralla was born. The lousy Assads from 1976 have been allies of KSA more than supporting the resistance. Hariri was put in power by the Syrian Mukhabarat to please KSA!