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Saudi Arabia vows new Islamic alliance ‘will wipe terrorists from the earth’

Sunday’s meeting coincides with escalation in tensions between Riyadh, Tehran

By AFP - Nov 27,2017 - Last updated at Nov 27,2017

Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed Bin Salman (centre) motions to Jordan’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Lieutenant General Mahmoud Freihat (2nd left) as they pose for a group photo with other defence ministers and officials of the 41-member Saudi-led Muslim counterterrorism alliance in the capital Riyadh (AFP photo)

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince vowed to “pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth” as officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered on Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counterterrorism alliance.

“In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries... with no coordination” among national authorities, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who is also the Saudi defence minister, said in his keynote speech at the gathering in Riyadh.

“This ends today, with this alliance.”

The summit is the first meeting of defence ministers and other senior officials from the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, which officially counts 41 countries and identifies as a “pan-Islamic unified front” against violent extremism. 

The alliance was announced in 2015 under the auspices of Prince Mohammed.

The alliance groups largely, although not exclusively, Sunni-majority or Sunni-ruled countries.

It excludes Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival, Shiite-dominated Iran, as well as Syria and Iraq, whose leaders have close ties to Tehran. 

Sunday’s meeting coincides with an escalation in tensions between Riyadh and Tehran, particularly over wars in Syria and Yemen and the political structure of multi-confessional Lebanon. 

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supporting armed groups across the Middle East, including Lebanon’s Shiite Hizbollah and Yemen’s Huthi rebels. 

The meeting also comes as several military coalitions, with backers including both Iran and key Saudi ally the United States, battle to push the Daesh terror group from its last remaining bastions in Iraq and Syria. 

The alliance meeting in Riyadh brings together Muslim or Muslim-majority nations including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Uganda, Somalia, Mauritania, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen and Turkey. 

Retired Pakistani general Raheel Sharif has been appointed commander-in-chief. 

 

‘Distorted image 

of Islam’ 

 

The alliance aims to “mobilise and coordinate the use of resources, facilitate the exchange of information and help member countries build their own counterterrorism capacity,” Sharif said. 

While the alliance officially includes Qatar, which is the target of a six-month boycott led by Saudi Arabia, organisers in Riyadh said no Qatari officials were present at the meeting. 

Qatar’s flag was also absent.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain abruptly cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June, accusing the emirate of being too close to Iran and supporting extremism. 

Qatar denies the allegations. 

Egypt, which sent a military official and not its defence minister to the Sunday meeting, is reeling from a Friday attack on a mosque that killed more than 300 people during prayer time. 

While Daesh has not claimed responsibility, Egyptian authorities say the organisation is the main suspect as the mosque is associated with followers of the mystical Sufi branch of Sunni Islam, whom Daesh has branded heretics.

Prince Mohammed said Friday’s “painful event” was a reminder of the “danger of terrorism and extremism”.

“Beyond the killing of innocent people and the spread of hatred, terrorism and extremism distort the image of our religion,” he said. 

Since his sudden appointment as crown prince, Prince Mohammed has moved to consolidate power, announcing crackdowns on both terrorism and corruption.

A corruption purge saw around 200 Saudi elites including princes, ministers and business tycoons arrested or sacked earlier this month.

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Child abusers and/or humiliators have to die. There's no other option that will save them or make them be better or feel better, and they will just keep thinking they're right when they're wrong all the time and continue their abuse as child abuse reformation scheme narcissists while expensing our mental health and wellbeing.

COREUP OR NO COVERUP, THE PUBLIC SHOULD CONSIDER GIVING THEM THE BENEFIT OF DOUT AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS. YES, THE PUBLIC HAS GOOD REASON(S) TO BE SKEPTICAL GIVEN THE HISTORY OF THE REGION BUT THIS DOES NOT IN ANY WAY MEAN THAT MINDS AND POLICIES COULD NOT CHANGE. AS ONE ACADEMIC AND EDUCATIONAL MODEL STATES, SOME TIMES IT IS NOT A BOAD IDEA TO GIVE A FAILLING STUDENT A FALSE GRADE AS A STIMULI TOWARDS HARD WORK FOR A GOOD GRADE.

The Quran says kill the kaffir who exploits the emotional empathies of their children and does screwed up stuff to kids. Nowhere in the quran does it say it's ok to kill fetuses for self gratifications. Nowhere in the quran does it say it's ok to impune innocents in a normalized judiciary court. Support the noble interpretation of the quran where it says kill and defile child abusers anf humuliators.

What a joke. Who's going to get back stabbed? NATO? Ha! Just goes to show how delusional these incestuous dune cryptids are and how they think they can get away with publicly conspiring against NATO.

Does look like a sloppy coverup.

Looks like a coverup of malicious intentions they had before.

If it's to let the Chancery Courts get away with the injustices of their family court impunity humiliations, then no, it's not a noble cause, and is an indicator of new rulership in Saudi Arabia. If it's a crusade to abolish the Chancery Court, then it might be a free and clear noble effort.

VERY GOOD START AS LONG AS IT WILL NOT TURN INTO REGIONAL AND COALITION OF REGIONAL WAR FIGHTING STRATA. THE REGION AND PEOPLES OF THIS REGION SHOULD AND MUST SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE WITH AN ATTITUDE OF IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. FIRST THING FIRST AND THIS IS A PERFECT FIRST FOUNDATION OF WAR AGAINST TERROR.

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