In a televised speech on Sunday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said the time has come for Arabs to unite and fight ISIS.
“The need for a unified Arab force is growing and becoming more pressing every day,” said Sisi
Both Jordan and the UAE have offered help to Egypt as they ratchet up the battle with ISIS.
“Strategically and politically for the region, this is a big deal, and it’s absolutely the right first step,” CNN military analyst Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks said.
President Obama has been encouraging other countries to step up the fight against ISIS. U.S. Central Command says that 80% of the airstrikes are carried out against ISIS are from the U.S. forces.
“The airstrikes aren’t going to get the job done,” CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes told CNN’s “New Day.” “We need the Arab states to be the ones to eventually put the boots on the ground. Whether they actually end up doing it and being dedicated to this, we’ll have to see.”
CNN was skeptical of Sisi’s remarks saying he didn’t “specify exactly what he meant by a ‘united Arab force’ and whether that means troops on the ground.”