Earlier, President Barack Obama thanked five Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, for their support in bombing raids against IS and al-Qaeda targets in Syria, where local reports claim around 120 militants were killed. Obama also said “over 40 nations have offered to help” as part of a “broad coalition” in the campaign against IS.
President Komorowski told Polish reporters at Fort Bragg, a base to the US Army airborne forces and Special Forces in North Carolina, said Poland would be offering humanitarian aid to Syria and Iraq but “just as the United States has said it will not be sending troops there, we also do not intend to”. When asked if the current military campaign would distract from the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Komorowski said that Poland's role is to remind nations of the principle of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, which guarantees “collective defence” for NATO members.
Though Ukraine is not a NATO member, “a principle of solidarity is fully understood, which may take into account particular areas of interest to NATO”. Bronislaw Komorowski and First Lady Anna attended a private dinner given by President Obama for all national leaders attending the UN General Assembly in New York.