Arab Allies Urging the US to Take the Lead on Syria

Pressure to intervene growing


WASHINGTON—The U.S.'s closest Arab allies are jointly pressing President Barack Obama to take the lead in bridging the Middle East's divisions over Syria, traveling to Washington to personally drive home their fears that some of the region's other leaders are strengthening radicals and prolonging President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

The coordinated message was delivered to Mr. Obama during separate White House meetings in recent weeks with Jordan's King Abdullah II, the United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, according to senior U.S. and Arab officials familiar with the discussions.


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  1. Or, Arab allies push US to solve their problems for them.

  2. Well, US Law still allows citizens to be mercenaries. We do offer a wide range of Private Military contractors who’d be happy to help, and you guys do have those petrodollars lying around. It doesn’t have to be an official intervention.

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