Saudi Prince Khaled bin Salman, son of the heir to the Saudi Arabian throne Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, is among the fighter pilots conducting airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria.
“My sons, the pilots, fulfilled their obligation toward their religion, their homeland and their king,” Saudi Press Agency quoted Crown Prince Salman as saying.
The agency released the prince’s photos along with that of the other Saudi airmen fighting against the ISIS in the U.S.-led airstrikes.
Typically, news of royalty in strategic and sensitive activities is not made public but the Saudi Arabia made an exception this time, perhaps to make their stance against ISIS clear to the world.
But reports suggest that there are members of the royal family who have interests and passions beyond enjoying the bounties they are born in to.
"Quite a number of the brighter and more hard-working Saudi princes are fighter pilots - trained in Britain or America and happy to get up at dawn to go out on patrol. They see it as being in the tradition of their grandfather, Abdul Aziz, the great warrior of the desert who created the Kingdom. He built it with camels. They defend it with Typhoons and F-15s."
Prince Salman is, however, not the only noteworthy Arab fighting against ISIS.
UAE’s first female pilot Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri is also commanding a squadron of F-16 jets in the fight against the notorious terrorist organization.
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