NEW SAUDI-LED MIL­I­TARY AL­LIANCE FORMED TO COM­BAT TER­ROR­ISM IN MID­DLE EAST

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Saudi Ara­bia has formed a mil­i­tary al­liance to com­bat ter­ror­ism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan. The coali­tion will com­prise 34 coun­tries in­clud­ing Arab, Mid­dle East­ern, Asian and African coun­tries such as Egypt, Tur­key, Qatar, the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE), Pak­istan, Malaysia and Nige­ria. Is­lamic Mil­i­tary Al­liance Sec­re­tary General Ih­san bin Saleh Tayib said that this new al­liance aims to fight ter­ror­ism through all ways, means and mech­a­nisms, con­firms the keen­ness to fight in ev­ery place and time. Ter­ror­ism is a se­ri­ous phe­nom­e­non that has swept all over the world, and it is nec­es­sary to ad­dress it with the co­op­er­a­tion of all coun­tries. How­ever, Saudi’s neigh­bour­ing Is­lamic na­tions such as Iran, Syria and Iraq were ex­cluded from the al­liance. The US and the UK have wel­comed the an­nounce­ment of the anti-ter­ror­ism al­liance. US De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter was quoted by Al Jazeera as say­ing: “In general, it ap­pears it is very much in line with some­thing we’ve been urg­ing for quite some time, which is greater in­volve­ment in the cam­paign to com­bat ISIS by Sunni Arab coun­tries.”

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