Egypt’s President Calls for Arab Coalition Against ISIS
Investigative Project on Terrorism
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wants a unified Arab front to combat ISIS terrorists.
“The need for a unified Arab force is growing and becoming more pressing every day,” said Sisi in a televised speech on Sunday.
He acknowledged that Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have offered military assistance as Egypt escalates its war with ISIS in Libya.
The Egyptian president did not elaborate on what a “united Arab force” would entail, stopping short of calling for a ground invasion. The notion of a unified Arab military force has been discussed in the past; however, immense historic distrust within Arab countries has hindered any coherent formation of such a coalition.
The United States, which leads the coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, has conducted 80 percent of the airstrikes. However, ISIS’ murderous ideology has spread beyond…
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