Arab Nations Are Joining Forces To Create An Elite Army
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s president says Arab leaders meeting at a summit have agreed to the principle of creating a joint Arab military force in the face of the “challenges” facing the region.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi made the comment Sunday during the closing session of a two-day Arab summit in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.
El-Sissi says a high-level panel will work under the supervision of Arab chiefs of staff to work out the structure and mechanism of the force.
Already, a Saudi-led coalition is staging airstrikes against positions of Shiite rebels in Yemen and their allies. However, it is unlikely that all 22-member nations of the Arab League will join the proposed force.
Egyptian officials say the proposed force would be made up of roughly 40,000 elite troops and backed by jets, warships and light armor. More