Introduction — Dec 15, 2015
Saudi Arabia’s announcement sounds very grand, on the surface. However it is a fact, that Saudi Arabia is one of the prime sponsors of international terror.
This is pretty much an acknowledged fact, even in the Western corporate media.
Nor is Saudi Arabia alone in this. Two other nations named in this Islamic military coalition that has purportedly been formed to “fight terror” have also been implicated in supporting terror: Turkey and Qatar.
Again this is not a “conspiracy theory” but an acknowledged fact, even in the Western corporate media. So this announcement is little more than empty political theatrics with little real meaning or substance. Ed.
Saudi Arabia announces 34-state military alliance to fight terrorism
Reuters — Dec 15, 2015
Saudi Arabia has announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a statement published on the state news 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 centre based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” said the statement, which was released on Tuesday.
A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, together with Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and African states were named.
The announcement cited “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.”
Iran was absent from the states named as participants by Saudi Arabia. Proxy conflicts between the two regional powers are ongoing in both Syria and Yemen.
The US has been increasingly outspoken about its view that Gulf Arab states should do more to aid the military campaign against Islamic State, the militant group based in Iraq and Syria.
In a rare press conference, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and defence minister, Mohammed bin Salman, said that the campaign would “coordinate” efforts to fight terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan, but offered few concrete indications of how military efforts might proceed.
“There will be international coordination with major powers and international organisations … in terms of operations in Syria and Iraq. We can’t undertake these operations without coordinating with legitimacy in this place and the international community,” he said without elaborating.