Saudi Arabia's decision to publicise Prince Khaled's role is likely two-fold, reassuring the west of the Kingdom's firm stance against extremist groups and warning Saudi citizens that the Islamic State, also known as Isil or Isis, is an enemy of the Crown.
Mr Al Otaiba discussed the UAE’s commitment in combating ISIL and fighting extremism on the live-broadcast American television show Morning Joe, a weekday morning talk show on MSNBC.
During the show, Mr Al Otaiba said: “We will bring whatever it takes to defeat Isis [Isil] and other forms of extremism.” Meet Major Mariam Al Mansouri—UAE's 1st female airforce pilot—who just bombed #ISIS jihadists.
Yc9rc Sm1K pic.twitter.com/6kf Ya Lka IA— Justice Don Willett (@Justice Willett) September 24, 2014 Mansouri is reportedly the first female UAE pilot of a fighter jet.
She graduated from Abu Dhabi's Khalifa bin Zayed Air College in 2007 and is veteran pilot of F-16 warplanes.
Washington has said the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan, took part in the strikes on the Islamic State, which has seized swaths of Iraq and northern Syria.
Mansouri's participation in the raid stirred a debate on social media networks, with supporters posting her picture on Twitter and commending her service.
"She is taking part in crushing the dens of Daesh," wrote one woman on Twitter, using an Arabic acronym for IS.
Angry Islamist sympathisers, however, slammed Mansouri's "criminal" act.
The UAE is a largely conservative Gulf state, where women citizens wear the traditional Islamic head cover and black Abaya loose cloak.