September 23, 2014 | Quote
Syria strikes complicate Obama’s U.N. diplomacy
“Syria is obviously the most delicate component of the grand, multifaceted coalition,” said David Weinberg of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “Especially as the administration seeks to create a global regime for countering these sorts of phenomena. That’s going to get a lot tougher.”
U.S. Central Command said early Tuesday that Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain “participated in or supported” the operation. However, it was not immediately clear which countries were actually bombing ISIS targets. Most of the Arab partner countries have populations that are mostly Sunni, which could add legitimacy to the U.S.-led effort.
“Just the fact all of those states are being listed in the same sentence is a positive development, and I imagine this is something the administration worked very hard to coordinate,” Weinberg added.