Saudi Arabia announces Islamic 'anti-terror' coalition

34 states agree on Islamic military coalition led by Saudi Arabia to fight against terrorism

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Saudi Arabia announced earlier on Tuesday that 34 states have agreed on an Islamic military coalition to fight against terrorism, according to Saudi Press Agency, SPA.

"The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations," said in the statement.

The list includes many Arab states such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, along with Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan, Gulf Arab and African countries.

Iran, which usually intensifies sectarianism in countries such as Iraq to Yemen, has not taken place in the coalition.

The statement underlined "a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organisations whatever their sect and name which wreak death and corruption on earth and aim to terrorise the innocent."

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and defence minister, Mohammed bin Salman, stated that the coalition would “coordinate” its strategy to fight terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and Afghanistan.

Last week the United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had called on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to focus on DAESH targets in Iraq and Syria in the way that is done in the Yemen war.

TRTWorld and agencies