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  • Saudi Arabia forms Muslim 'anti-terrorism' coalition

    Alliance includes 34 mainly Muslim states but excludes regional rival Iran as well as Iraq and Syria.
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    Arab countries such as Qatar and the UAE will join the coalition, as well as Middle Eastern, Asian and African states including Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and Nigeria.

    "It is time that the Islamic world take a stand, and they have done that by creating a coalition to push back and confront the terrorists and those who promote their violent ideologies," said Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi's foreign minister, speaking in Paris.

    When asked if the alliance would deploy troops on the ground, Jubeir said "nothing is off the table".


    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/1...035914865.html

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    Originally posted by Taieb el-Okbi View Post
    Alliance includes 34 mainly Muslim states but excludes regional rival Iran as well as Iraq and Syria.
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    Sounds more like a sunni anti terror coalition. It will be interesting to see if they concentrate on shiite terror but turn a blind eye to sunni terrorism.
    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" Beatrice Evelyn Hall
    Updated for the 21st century... except if you are criticizing islam, that scares the $hii+e out of me!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 17thfabn View Post
      Sounds more like a sunni anti terror coalition. It will be interesting to see if they concentrate on shiite terror but turn a blind eye to sunni terrorism.
      It seems the natural opponent to the Russia - Shia axis, but we shall see.
      Ne Obliviscaris, Sans Peur

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      • #4
        Lebanon, Malaysia and Pakistan all state they are not members of any such coalition

        Pakistan found itself in the crosshairs of Middle Eastern politics on Tuesday as Saudi Arabia named it as part of its newly formed 34-nation military alliance of Muslim countries meant to combat terrorism, without first getting its consent. Talking to journalists, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said he was surprised to read the news that Saudi Arabia had named Pakistan as part of the alliance. He said he had asked the country’s ambassador in Riyadh to get a clarification from Saudi Arabia on the matter
        http://www.dawn.com/news/1226723/pak...itary-alliance

        Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein confirmed that Malaysia is not involved in the military coalition of 34 Islamic countries to combat terrorism as announced by Saudi Arabia today. According to him, Malaysia is in the same fight as Saudi Arabia to combat terrorism, especially the militant group Islamic State (IS), but it is done separately.
        http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/20...ence-minister/

        The [Lebanese] Foreign Ministry Tuesday denied having knowledge of Saudi Arabia's creation of an Islamic anti-terrorism coalition announced overnight, contradicting an earlier statement made by Prime Minister Tammam Salam implying that Lebanon was a member of the alliance
        https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Le...-alliance.ashx

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Escape2Victory View Post
          (... ) It seems the natural opponent to the Russia - Shia axis, but we shall see.
          The "blue" and "red "coalition of war games for centuries to come.

          Just glad the frontline will be elsewhere - this time around.

          I wonder where Donald Trump will fit in
          Lambert of Montaigu - Crusader.

          Bolgios - Mercenary Game.

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          • #6
            It is not a good sign,

            Any coalition should be International, not based on Religions.

            If coalition actually takes shape it will Widen Shia Sunni divide.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by vikram72 View Post
              (...) it will Widen Shia Sunni divide.
              "The Great Schism" -

              just what worked the last time around, it just took a while
              Lambert of Montaigu - Crusader.

              Bolgios - Mercenary Game.

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              • #8
                And killed about 1/3 of Europe's population.
                "Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederick the Great

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                • #9
                  Et Alors ?
                  Lambert of Montaigu - Crusader.

                  Bolgios - Mercenary Game.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
                    "The Great Schism" -

                    just what worked the last time around, it just took a while


                    What If the coalition under Saudi Leadership succeeds in absorbing ISIS or ISIL and declares a Pan Sunni Empire under its leadership, then you have a new Block, that may become a formidable force to deal with,

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                    • #11
                      Just pointing out how nasty it could get before it gets better. That said if they want to kill each other in the millions they can go right ahead. As long as they keep it amongst themselves I won't lose any sleep over it. The problem is they refuse to keep it local.
                      "Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederick the Great

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
                        The "blue" and "red "coalition of war games for centuries to come.

                        Just glad the frontline will be elsewhere - this time around.

                        I wonder where Donald Trump will fit in
                        Experience in the region suggest they do not do 'cold' wars very well, so it will likely be 'hot' and that means refugees and lots of them. Moreover, current EU asylum laws would potentially cover great swathes of the ME as war zone.

                        Potentially the West gets sucked in to protect the Saudi oil fields.
                        Ne Obliviscaris, Sans Peur

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by frisco17 View Post
                          Just pointing out how nasty it could get before it gets better. That said if they want to kill each other in the millions they can go right ahead. As long as they keep it amongst themselves I won't lose any sleep over it. The problem is they refuse to keep it local.
                          Very true. I wish them plenty of luck in their local feuding.
                          Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Skoblin View Post
                            Lebanon, Malaysia and Pakistan all state they are not members of any such coalition
                            Indonesia also denies being part of the supposed Saudi-led coalition
                            The government has denied joining a new Saudi-led Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, with a Foreign Ministry official saying it has yet to decide on the matter due to the unclear modalities of the coalition.
                            Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said on Wednesday that Indonesia was not among the 34 countries that had supported or signed-up to the military coalition, since the government had not yet seen the details of the coalition's scope of cooperation and terms of reference so could not decide its position.
                            http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2....nE2QSNS4.dpuf

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Skoblin View Post
                              Indonesia also denies being part of the supposed Saudi-led coalition
                              http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2....nE2QSNS4.dpuf
                              Indicates how hard it is to pull a multi-nation partnership together. It's not only about good will between nations but having the right calibre of leaders and middle management to make it happen.

                              We maybe take the relative harmony of NATO for granted.
                              Ne Obliviscaris, Sans Peur

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