Saudi Arabia Unveils 'Islamic Military Alliance' Against Terrorism


Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that 34 nations have agreed to form a new “Islamic military alliance” to fight terrorism.

The announcement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency said the coalition is being established because terrorism “should be fought by all means and collaboration should be made to eliminate it.”

The statement said Islam forbids “corruption and destruction in the world” and that terrorism constitutes “a serious violation of human dignity and rights, especially the right to life and the right to security.”

The new counterterrorism coalition includes nations with large and established armies such as Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt as well as war-torn countries with embattled militaries such as Libya and Yemen. African nations that have suffered militant attacks such as Mali, Chad, Somalia and Nigeria are also members.

Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, Shiite Iran, is not part of the coalition. Saudi Arabia and Iran support opposite sides of in the wars raging in Syria and Yemen. Saudi Arabia is currently leading a military intervention in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels and is part of the U.S.-led coalition bombing the Sunni extremist ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The list of 34 members: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinians, Qatar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


That’s like the Gambino family announcing an alliance to fight organized crime.


That was kind of my first reaction.

And if you look at the list I believe all of those countries listed are either Sunni countries. Either by what the majority of the Muslim population is (for example Ivory Coast which is a non-Muslim country but whose Muslim population is primarily Sunni) or by what the government is (for example Bahrain whose population is majority Shia but the government is Sunni) or both. I’m not seeing any of the majority Shia countries involved in this which is concerning as much of the most recent terrorism is as much about Sunni v Shia as it is about fighting the infidel west.

That said there are countries we know are dead serious about fighting terrorism in general and Daesh in particular on this list like Jordan, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, etc… So while the Saudis may be the ones who put it together it may yet do some good if the countries we know are serious take the lead…


that is a good way of looking at it!


And then when they have terrorism under control, they’ll be able to control it.


I find hope in this, even though well aware of past manifestations of terrorists in Saudi Arabia.

Notably: Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran and its allies Syria and Iraq, were excluded from this alliance despite the states sharing a common enemy in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Please pray for all muslims and their leaders. :signofcross:


Commendation for Saudi Arabia to be fighting against the evils of not only the regime but ISIS as well.

The Syrian regime allowed Jihadists to attack US troops from Syria, are implicated in the killing of the Christian President of Lebanon and the bombing and killing of 250 Marines in Lebanon. Syria has long been a conduit for transporting the missiles that have been fired at Israel and the regime of Syria of course, is blamed for the largest share of deaths in the Syrian civil war.


I read a couple articles on the 34-coalition who are hunting terrorists of no particular type to be PC correct. So the USA has its own coalition in theory or on paper? And Putin has his own coalition hunting no specific terrorist being PC correct? So whose ideas are more dangerous. The theory to keep more possible Muslim jihadists out of America, or the various establishment’s to bomb and occupy Muslim lands and encourage more jihadists to join the cause, and invite even more possible jihadists into the country while knowing the vetting system is incompetent? :slight_smile:

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