Afrin highlights need to rebuild Arab national security, says Gargash

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said the conflict in the Kurdish enclave in Syria known as Afrin highlights the need to rebuild the concept of Arab national security. (AP)
Updated 22 January 2018
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Afrin highlights need to rebuild Arab national security, says Gargash

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said the conflict in the Kurdish enclave in Syria known as Afrin highlights the need to rebuild the concept of Arab national security.
Anwar Gargash tweeted: “The developments surrounding Afrin reaffirm the necessity of working to rebuild and restore the concept of Arab national security on a realistic and contemporary basis. Without that, the Arabs will be marginalized.”
Turkish ground troops entered Syria on Sunday as part of an operation called “Olive Branch” to push an offensive against Kurdish militia as rocket fire hit a border town in apparent retaliation.
Turkey is looking to oust from the Afrin region of northern Syria, the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terror group.


US bolsters Middle East force with 1,500 troops as Pentagon blames Iran for tanker attacks

Updated 24 May 2019
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US bolsters Middle East force with 1,500 troops as Pentagon blames Iran for tanker attacks

  • Donald Trump says the additional troops would serve a 'mostly protective' role
  • The US began reinforcing its presence in the Arabian Gulf region earlier this month

WASHINGTON: The US will strengthen its force in the Middle East with 1,500 extra troops, Donald Trump said Friday as the Pentagon blamed Iran for an attack on oil tankers off the coast of the UAE.

"We want to have protection in the Middle East," Trump said as he left the White House for a trip to Japan. "We're going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective.
"Some very talented people are going to the Middle East right now. And we'll see what happens."

Shortly after his comments, the Pentagon accused Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) of being directly responsible for attacks on tankers off the UAE earlier this month, describing it as part of a "campaign" by Tehran driving new US deployments.
"The attack against the shipping in Fujairah we attribute it to the IRGC," said Rear Admiral Michael Gilday, the director of the Joint Staff, adding the Pentagon attributed limpet mines used in the attack to the IRGC. He declined to describe "the means of delivery" of the mines.

The 1,500 extra troops will be made up of a deployment of 900 more forces, including engineers, and the extension of a tour by some 600 personnel manning Patriot missiles.

Officials said earlier that members of Congress were notified following a White House meeting Thursday to discuss Pentagon proposals to bolster the force in the region.
Earlier this week, officials said that Pentagon planners had outlined plans that could have sent up to 10,000 military reinforcements to the region. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan later said planners had not settled on a figure.
The US began reinforcing its presence in the Arabian Gulf region this month in response to what it said was a threat from Iran.

*With AP and Reuters