The Arab Allies Have Delivered Airstrikes Against Isis

756 WordsSep 29, 20144 Pages
Earlier last week, the United States of America and some of its Arab allies have delivered airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. This was considered, by all who observe the current turmoil in the region, as a very important step that was taken by the U.S. - who refused to participate in military action in Syria since the beginning of the arm conflict 3 years ago - and by the Arab allies - whose participation is considered as a sign of the refusal of radicalization in the region. The mission was lead by the first female fighter pilot, from the United Arab Emirates, Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri. Maj. Al Mansouri was one of the first three women who joined the Emirati air force when it allowed women to join this all-men institution. In fact, for her dedication and excellence, Maj. Al Mansouri received earlier this year the Pride of the Emirates medal for excellence in her field from the Emirati government. Yousef Al Otaiba, the Emirati ambassador to the United States, described Maj. Al Mansouri as, “a fully qualified, highly trained, combat-ready pilot, and she led the mission.” He also said, “Actually, funny story is, the U.S. tanker pilots called in for air refueling and asked for the UAE mission, and when they heard a female voice on the other side, they actually paused for about 20 seconds, radio silence.” This in fact is great news for anyone who is concerned with women rights and equality in the work force in the Middle East, considering that women in Saudi Arabia are still

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