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Mariam Al Mansouri’s F-16 bombing raids were
celebrated in the West
But a statement purporting to be from her UAE
family has ‘disowned’ her
It attacks her for ‘taking part in the brutal
aggression against Syria’
The female air force pilot whose missions
against Isis were dubbed ‘bosoms on the
ground’ has reportedly been disowned by her
family and labelled an ‘ingrate’.
Mariam Al Mansouri’s participation in F-16
bombing raids for the UAE was celebrated in
the West, but an anonymous statement
claiming to be from her family ‘disowned’ her
for ‘taking part in the brutal international
aggression’ against Syria.
It also expressed support for the Islamic State,
saying ‘we are proud of the Sunni heroes in
Iraq and the Levant’. The brutal terrorist
group’s original name was the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant, or Isil.
The statement also expressed support for the
Syrian revolution, according to the Palestinian
Wattan news agency.
It said: ‘We the Mansouri family in the United
Arab Emirates hereby publicly declare that we
disown the so-called Mariam Al Mansouri as
well as anyone taking part in the brutal
international aggression against the brotherly
Syrian people, starting with our ingrate
daughter Mariam Al Mansouri.
‘We ask our countrymen not to burden us with
the consequences of the actions of the so-called
Mariam Al Mansouri.’
It continued: ‘We call upon all factions… on the
Syrian battleground to unite and join efforts and
forces towards the single objective of
overthrowing the monstrous Assad regime.
‘Our family is proud of all free men who defend
their cause and of all those who take up arms
to defend the honour of their nation [the
Islamic Nation]. We are proud of the Sunni
heroes in Iraq and the Levant and all those who
take up the banner of righteousness wherever
they may be.’
It’s not clear whether the views expressed in
the statement represent those of the entire
family or indeed if it is genuine.
The Mansouri tribe has some influential
members, including the country’s economics
minister, but it’s also very large – the second
biggest in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, so it
certainly can’t be assumed that the views
expressed in the statement are representative
of the whole group.
The statement could well have been made
anonymously out of fear of punishment, as
voicing dissent against the UAE government can
result in imprisonment.
If true, the statement won’t represent the first
time the Mansouri family has been linked to
extremism.
In January this year high-profile lawyer
Mohammed al-Mansoori was jailed for allegedly
trying to set up an ‘international’ branch of the
controversial Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE,
according to the BBC.
Major Mansouri, from Abu Dhabi, made a
remarkable rise through the ranks of the UAE
air force. She joined it in 2007 and is now a
squadron commander.
She is one of eight children and has a degree in
English literature.
The UAE is known to have the most liberal
views on women’s rights in the Middle East and
Mansouri said that she was treated as an equal
by her commanding officers.
She told Deraa Al Watan magazine: ‘Everybody
is required to have the same high level of
combat competence.’
She says that her nearest relatives are
supportive of her role in the air force.
There was also no difference between men and
women with regards to training and
assignments, she said.
‘Everybody is required to have the same high
level of combat competence,’
Earlier this week Fox News host Eric Bolling
apologised for calling Major Mansouri’s missions
as ‘bosoms on the ground’.
It comes as Britain, Belgium and Denmark on
Friday joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations
that are launching airstrikes on Isis.

The European politicians flatly described the
moves as critical to security on home soil,
arguing that facing down terrorists has become
a matter of urgency.
Prime Minister David Cameron made a
passionate plea for action in drastic terms –
noting that the militants had beheaded their
victims, gouged out eyes and carried out
crucifixions to promote goals ‘from the Dark
Ages.’
‘This is about psychopathic terrorists that are
trying to kill us and we do have to realize that,
whether we like it or not, they have already
declared war on us,’ he said. ‘There isn’t a
`walk on by’ option.
There isn’t an option of just hoping this will go
away.’
Cameron told a tense House of Commons
during more than six hours of debate that the
hallmarks of the campaign would be ‘patience
and persistence, not shock and awe’ – a
reference to the phrase associated with the
invasion of Iraq.
That unpopular intervention has cast a shadow
over the discussions because critics fear that
Europe will be drawn into a wider conflict,
specifically taking on the Islamic group’s fighters
in Syria.
British MPs voted 524-43 for action after being
urgently recalled from a recess. Belgian
lawmakers also overwhelmingly approved,
voting 114-2 to take part, despite widespread
concerns that more terrorism may follow in
their homeland as a result.
The White House said in a statement that it
welcomed the countries to the coalition.
‘These decisions – along with those by Saudi
Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates,
Bahrain, and Qatar to participate in airstrikes
against ISIL in Syria – demonstrate the clear
commitment of the international community to
take action together against these terrorists,’
the statement reads.
THE STATEMENT IN FULL
In the name of God All Merciful.
‘O ye who believe! Take not your fathers or
your brethren for friends if they favour disbelief
over faith. Those of you who taketh them for
friends are wrong-doers.’ [Quranic verse]
‘Renouncement of Mariam Al Mansouri:
‘We the Mansouri family in the United Arab
Emirates hereby publicly declare that we disown
the so-called Mariam Al Mansouri as well as
anyone taking part in the brutal international
aggression against the brotherly Syrian people,
starting with our ingrate daughter Mariam Al
Mansouri.
‘We hereby remind the Muslim nation all over
the world of its duty to defend the causes of
the nation [meaning the Islamic nation], and we
urge them to take up the jihad [holy war] for
the sake of God to support the blessed Syrian
revolution against the descendants of Ibn Al
Alqami.’ [Sunni Islamist insurgents refer to the
Shi’a as ‘alqami’ – a reference to Mu’ayyad al-
Din Muhammad Ibn al-Alqami, a Shi’ite minister
in the last Abbasid caliphate, who purportedly
assisted the Mongols in conquering Baghdad in
1258.]
‘We call upon all factions and battalions
operating on the Syrian battleground to unite
and join efforts and forces towards the single
objective of overthrowing the monstrous Assad
regime perched on the pure and blessed Syrian
land.

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‘Al Mansouri family, in the UAE and abroad,
takes this opportunity to declare its support for
the blessed Syrian revolution and to all free
men defending their rights everywhere in the
world.
‘Our family is proud of all free men who defend
their cause and of all those who take up arms
to defend the honour of their nation [The
Islamic Nation}. We are proud of the Sunni
heroes in Iraq and the Levant and all those who
take up the banner of righteousness wherever
they may be. We may not know them, but God
knows them and would champion them.
‘We ask our countrymen not to burden us with
the consequences of the actions of the so-called
Mariam Al Mansouri. All the honourable
members of our family have agreed to this
statement.
‘Al Mansouri family.’

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