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Arab Leaders Agree to Form Unified Military Force

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Arab chiefs of staff will work out the details of the joint force, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in announcing the decision at an Arab League meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. League Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi said the military chiefs will be invited to meet within a month, and a specific timetable will be set to map out the force’s formation.

“We will work together to develop collective mechanisms necessary to protect Arab national security,” El-Sisi said.

The decision capped a two-day session in the Red Sea resort town dominated by the Yemen crisis, chaos in Libya and the mounting threat posed by militants.

The idea has long been touted by Arabs, though regional rivalries have repeatedly stymied efforts to set up such a force among the league’s 22 member nations. El-Sisi has been promoting the idea for months, in part amid Arab frustration over international reluctance to intervene in Libya.

Mitigate Risk

“This idea is driven by the desire of some countries in the region to mitigate the risk of political instability that appeared in the past four years,” said Kamel Abdallah, a researcher at the Cairo-based Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies. The operation in Yemen “highlighted the need for a permanent intervention mechanism,” he said by phone.

Saudi Arabia is heading a coalition of 10 Sunni-led nations attacking Shiite Houthi rebels, who took over the Yemeni capital and forced President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi to flee.

Leaders haven’t determined how this force will be used, El-Arabi said, while ruling out intervention in Syria’s civil war.

“Who will you intervene against? The Syrian situation is very complicated, and there are non-Arab parties in it,” he said. Intervention on behalf of the Palestinians in their conflict with Israel wasn’t discussed, he said.

Historically, bilateral alliances have been much more enduring and effective than region-wide ones, Abdallah said. “The details of the new Arab force, its command structure and operation mechanisms, will determine its viability,” he said.


6 Comments on "Arab Leaders Agree to Form Unified Military Force"

  1. Plantagenet on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 7:08 pm 

    This really isn’t a Pan-Arab military force —-its a pan-Sunni military force designed to fight the Shia.

    Their first objecting is fighting other Arabs in Yemen.

    Of course the Arabs who are their enemies in Yemen just happen to be Shia.

  2. Makati1 on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 7:58 pm 

    I looked outside to see if it was snowing here today. Nope! 88F.

    I am actually going to agree with Plantagenet on this one. I can hardly wait to see when this ‘military force’ actually happens. Maybe right after fusion energy becomes “too cheap to meter”? And on the other team…er…’Force’, Iran, China, and Russia.

    Interesting that the Wiki (CIA edited) version puts China and Europe ahead of the UFSA as the trouble makers in the ME, but to be expected.

  3. Ben on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 9:12 pm 

    With the trending of events over the past months increasing in intensity, will it be a surprise when something like a multifaceted world conflict of unimaginable velocity were to occur very soon? I am just thinking, how many of us would be ready? Storing food is non-sense it just doesn’t work. What would a good plan be?? The only guy I heard of with a “plan B” was buying property / business in Newfoundland, Canada. Newfoundland is sort of off the grid, economically viable (oil, minerals, fish…) and has its own climate so might have a chance to survive where continental US may be a poor choice even if you’re prepared.

  4. Speculawyer on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 11:26 pm 

    So ISIS has been running around like a bunch of 7th century barbarians doing crazy stuff like genocide . . . but they couldn’t lift a finger to do anything about that. But when some Shia over the government of Yemen, they form a 10 nation Arab force.

    Great priorities there, Arabs.

  5. shortonoil on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 7:31 am 

    As the price of oil continues on its long term downward trend, expect increasing instability in the Middle East:

    The Western powers, that have attempted to buffer inter tribal warfare to secure the life blood of industrial civilization, will find their efforts ever more difficult. Depletion is intensifying 1,600 years of enmity. The 21’st century Crusade to secure the Holy Land of Petroleum will whither like the French Knights did on barren Levant sand. In place of burning Christian infidel crosses, will be burning oil wells.

  6. Davy on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 7:47 am 

    Ben said “Storing food is non-sense it just doesn’t work.” Come on Ben so you are saying eating doesn’t work????? You need a lesson on doom and prep. Short term food storage with any long shelf life food and especially #10 cans with 20-30 year shelf life is absolutely essential. You do your short term prep to mitigate and adjust to guaranteed food insecurity in any kind of coming crisis. It will buy you time to get other food and orientate yourself in what can be a bad or awful situation.

    Do you want to be like the rest of the idiots too dumb to store some food or too cocky saying it doesn’t work because they are too lazy or cheap to do it? The basics of doom and prep are water and food. Get a grip man.

    Longer term food storage is a whole other animal just like longer term survival. Who the frig knows how this initial crisis will shake out. Yea it may be a mad-maxathon or it may not be. Some locals may be others not. You don’t discount food or water period. The longer term survival pretty much depends on your local if it is resilient and sustainable. Your short term survival depends on you my friend.

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