In the UAE, the U.S. Has a Quiet, Potent Ally

(Washington Post) - Rajiv Chandrasekaran As part of the U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State militants, on many nights, American planes from Al-Dhafra airbase in the UAE are accompanied by F-16s operated by the UAE air force. After the U.S. military, Emirati fighters have conducted more missions against the Islamic State than any other member of the multinational coalition. In August, several UAE F-16s flew all the way to Libya to assist the Egyptians in bombing a militia that is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Obama administration's ongoing efforts to broker a deal with Iran over its nuclear program have prompted deep worries. Emirati officials do not believe Iran will comply with the terms of any agreement limiting their attempts to build a nuclear bomb - an argument they have made repeatedly to the White House.

2014-11-11 00:00:00

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