Saudi Arabia Launches Islamic Military Counter-Terrorism Coalition

The new platform allows IMCTC member countries to exchange practices and coordinate their counter-terrorism efforts

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, opened on Sunday the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism." 

"Opening the inaugural meeting of 41 member Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition in Riyadh, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman expressed condolences to Egypt where a deadly terrorist attack killed over 300 people in the restive north Sinai province," Gulf News reported earlier today.

"We will not allow such elements to tarnish the image of Islam," the Crown Prince said, addressing defense chiefs, diplomats and officials who are attending the meeting.

Lt. Gen. Abdulelah Al Saleh, the IMCTC acting secretary-general, said, "The meeting marks the official launch of the IMCTC’s operations at our center in Riyadh. The center provides an open platform for willing IMCTC member countries to exchange best practices and coordinate their counter-terrorism efforts, enabling culturally appropriate regional and local solutions to counter terrorism."

It should be reminded that the Saudi-led coalition is not new and has already conducted several joint exercises in the past. Its goal is to counter the actions taken by the axis led by Iran. The branding of the coalition as 'counter-terrorism' follows the branding of the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist-exporting entity.