Pentagon chief backs concept of a joint Arab military force

AP News
Posted: Mar 30, 2015 6:21 PM

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is endorsing the Arab League's plan to form a joint military force.

Details on how such a force would operate are thin. But the agreement announced Sunday is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots.

In remarks Monday during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, Carter called the planned joint force "a good thing."

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State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. was waiting to see the exact structure and operational mandate of the joint force.

Arab League officials said a full proposal is to be presented within four months.