US: Key Arab ally no longer flying airstrikes over Syria

AP , Wednesday 4 Feb 2015

Two US officials say a key Arab member of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State militants has stopped flying combat missions over Syria.

The United Arab Emirates dropped out of the group of countries conducting airstrikes against IS targets in Syria in December, the officials said. They spoke Wednesday only on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced and they were not authorized to speak on the record.

Even after the UAE stopped flying the missions, the U.S. military has continued to state in daily news releases about the air campaign that the UAE is among coalition partner nations "conducting airstrikes in Syria."

The New York Times was first to report the UAE's decision to stop conducting airstrikes.

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