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Old December 15th, 2015, 06:57 AM   #1
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Saudis announce Islamic anti-terrorism coalition

Should the saying be changed to "Beware of Saudis bearing gifts"?

This sounds all nice and what is needed and other great things but I keep being skeptical about Saudi's actions and intentions. There are still few details.

If true, it is a great step in the right direction. But I'm taking a wait and see attitude.

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Saudi Arabia has said 34 mainly Muslim nations have joined a new military alliance to fight terrorism.

A joint operations centre is to be established in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media reported.

Countries from Asia, Africa and the Arab world are involved in the alliance but Saudi Arabia's main regional rival Iran is not.

It comes amid international pressure for Gulf Arab states to do more in the fight against so-called Islamic State.

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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.
But, as pointed out by Frank Gardner, security correspondent, BBC News:

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Two things stand out immediately about this new Saudi-based Islamic Coalition.

The Shia-majority nations of Iran and Iraq are noticeably absent, as is their ally Syria.

It is far from clear how, in practice, the coalition would conduct counter-terrorism operations in IS-plagued Iraq and Syria without the agreement of those governments.

Secondly, there is the question of the exact definition of terrorism. The Saudi authorities' interpretation of it extends far beyond the violent actions of armed insurgents.

Recent legislation has branded peaceful opposition activists and reformers, whether online or in the street, as suspected "terrorists" and a security risk to the state.

Amnesty International said it had concerns that this new coalition could be used to further restrict human rights.
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Old December 15th, 2015, 07:10 AM   #2
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Yes, you're right, we have to be skeptical because many Saudis heartily support ISIL and if they were to be on the ground in Syria or Iraq to fight ISIL, many might actually switch sides and join them.
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Should the saying be changed to "Beware of Saudis bearing gifts"?

This sounds all nice and what is needed and other great things but I keep being skeptical about Saudi's actions and intentions. There are still few details.

If true, it is a great step in the right direction. But I'm taking a wait and see attitude.



But, as pointed out by Frank Gardner, security correspondent, BBC News:



Saudis announce Islamic anti-terrorism coalition - BBC News

But let's not forget the Saudis also call upon the US to do the majority of action in the Middle East. Their sunni fighters for ISIS want target practice, imho.
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Yes, you're right, we have to be skeptical because many Saudis heartily support ISIL and if they were to be on the ground in Syria or Iraq to fight ISIL, many might actually switch sides and join them.
That's what I think, too. After all, it was 19 Saudis, funded by the Prince in the House of Saud that attacked the US on 9/11
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This thread should have been put under the "Political Humor" category. The Saudis have funded extreme Sunni behavior to keep the extreme factions in their Kingdom satisfied. Saudi Arabia won't lift a finger to help us fight ISIS. This announcement only shows that they're starting to hear the anti-Saudi rhetoric growing in this country. That's all this is IMO.
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This thread should have been put under the "Political Humor" category. The Saudis have funded extreme Sunni behavior to keep the extreme factions in their Kingdom satisfied. Saudi Arabia won't lift a finger to help us fight ISIS. This announcement only shows that they're starting to hear the anti-Saudi rhetoric growing in this country. That's all this is IMO.
I totally agree.
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