Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attacks in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq

Time: December 27, 2018

Smoke rises from the Libyan foreign ministry building in Tripoli, Libya December 25, 2018, in this still image obtained from a social media video. (Youtube/Mohammed Elgotani/via REUTERS)
  • The source reiterated the Kingdom’s rejection of terrorist attacks and their violation of all international laws

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia condemned in the strongest terms on Wednesday the attack on the Libyan Foreign Ministry building in Tripoli, reported the state run SPA.
An official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry also condemned the attack on the Afghan government building in Kabul and Tuesday’s car bombing in Iraq’s Tal Afar, which caused several casualties.
The source reiterated the Kingdom’s rejection of terrorist attacks and their violation of all international laws.
The source offered condolences, on behalf of the Kingdom, to the families of the victims in all three countries, as well as to their governments and people.

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Saudi Arabia condemns twin blasts in Kabul

September 06, 2018

The official offered the kingdom’s condolences to the families of the victims and Afghanistan, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured. (Supplied)

An official at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the kingdom condemns the twin blasts that took place in Kabul which destroyed a wrestling club in the city and resulted in the death of at least 26 people.

The official offered the kingdom’s condolences to the families of the victims and Afghanistan, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured. He stressed Saudi Arabia’s support for Afghanistan and its stance against violence and terrorism in the region.

A regular training session in Kabul on Wednesday afternoon turned into a massacre when a suicide bomber shot dead a young, unarmed guard at the entrance before blowing himself up near the scores of wrestlers, some of whom were as young as 10.

Two journalists from Tolo News, Afghanistan’s largest private broadcaster, were among the dead. Four media workers were wounded.

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Saudi Arabia Condemns Afghanistan Bombing

August 25, 2018

Saudi Arabia strongly condemns a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. (AP)

Saudi Arabia strongly condemned on Saturday a bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

An official source from the Foreign Ministry expressed the Kingdom’s solidarity with Afghanistan against violence, extremism and terrorism.

The source offered the Kingdom’s condolences to the families of the victims and the Afghan government and people.

At least three people were killed on Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the office of Afghanistan’s election commission in Jalalabad.

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Arab conference calls for use of Saudi Arabia’s experience in dealing with terrorism

Time : August 04, 2018

Naif Arab University for Security Sciences. (SPA)

  • The conference called for the organization of a workshop on dealing with people convicted of terrorist crimes in penal and correctional institutions, in collaboration with Naif Arab University for Security Sciences

JEDDAH: The 19th annual Arab conference for heads of penal and correctional institutions called for building on successful Arab experiences in dealing with people convicted of terrorist crimes, especially Saudi Arabia’s pioneering experience in the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Care.

The conference was held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab Interior Ministers Council in Tunisia’s capital.
It called for member states to provide the General Secretariat of the Arab Interior Ministers Council with reports about adopting community service as an alternative penalty in place of deprivation of liberty.
The conference demanded the preparation of standards from the General Secretariat to specify the severity of inmates in penal and correctional institutions, drawing on the experiences of Arab and foreign counties and Arab organizations and the relevant states’ expertise.
The conference called for the organization of a workshop on dealing with people convicted of terrorist crimes in penal and correctional institutions, in collaboration with Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) and the UN’s office, affiliated with the European Commission, which deals with drugs, crimes and the counter-terrorism bill in the Middle East and North Africa.
The final declaration of the conference noted that the council adopted a code of conduct for workers in penal and correctional institutions and recommended circulating it to state members for guidance.

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Saudi Foreign Minister takes part in Anti-Daesh meeting at NATO

Time : July 14, 2018

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir holds talks with Federica Mogherini, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, in Brussels. (SPA)

  • The meeting was held as part of ongoing international efforts and coordination against terrorism, and to follow up on the coalition’s strategy to combat Daesh

JEDDAH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir participated in a ministerial meeting of the global coalition against Daesh at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels.

The meeting was held as part of ongoing international efforts and coordination against terrorism, and to follow up on the coalition’s strategy to combat Daesh.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Al-Jubeir met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawish Oglu and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

During the meetings, issues of common interest and ways to enhance bilateral relations and cooperation were discussed.

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Why is Congress discussing the Brotherhood threat? Read the Bill to know more

Time : July 13, 2018

Experts say that there are many reasons, related to Brotherhood’s history and ideology, that make its designation as terrorist group the right decision.

Lawmakers at the House of Congress’ Subcommittee on National Security gathered for a hearing on Wednesday “to examine the threat of Muslim Brotherhood to the United States and its interests and how to effectively counter it.” (MORE HERE).

According to Free Beacon, the State Department has opposed formal designation of the Brotherhood for some time due to efforts by the Obama administration to make diplomatic overtures to the group, particularly during its coup in Egypt.

Although the Trump administration has designated various offshoots of the Brotherhood as global terror groups, the organization as a whole has escaped U.S. scrutiny.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist organization that has generated a network of affiliates in over 70 countries,” the House committee notes on its website promoting the hearing.

Past efforts to designate the Muslim Brotherhood failed to gain traction during the Obama administration and U.S. Muslim advocacy organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, have galvanized their supporters to oppose a Muslim Brotherhood designation, according Free Beacon.

However, now the reality is different as US president’s administration looks more firm in eradicating radical forces in the world and the Middle East, according to experts.

While the Trump administration, as early as January 2017, indicated that it was considering a terror designation for the entire Muslim Brotherhood, little action has been taken, motivating Congress to lead the charge.

However recently, the State Department designated two Brotherhood-affiliates, namely HASM and Liwa al-Thawra, and Hamas’ political leader Ismail Haniyeh, as “Specifically Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT)” under an executive order.

The following is the bill, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon(Click on image to read)

The site added that key U.S. allies such as Qatar continue to work alongside the Muslim Brotherhood, sparking concern among lawmakers who view these countries as working at a crossroads with Donald Trump administration.

Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said in his testimony, “With Qatar for example, it has become the Arab national safe haven for former Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood luminaries and activists. They have provided them not only safe haven but a global perch from which to spread their ideology and hegemony,”

Former Muslim Brotherhood Saudi member speaks to Al Arabiya

“Their media arm, Al Jazeera, is reportedly staffed by upwards of 90 percent MB sympathizers. Their position on the MB has placed them squarely in the crosshairs of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt,” he added.

“It is not surprising that along with Qatar’s relationship with the Brotherhood it is also very sympathetic politically ideologically and economically with Iran and its Khomeinists. This schism within the Sunni region led to an embargo last year on Qatar that remains until Saudi demands are met with abandonment of the Muslim brotherhood being primary.”

Experts in the region believe that the origin of terrorist ideology in the Muslim world finds itself in the Brotherhood’s fertile soil.

ALSO: Mohammed bin Salman: ‘The Muslim Brotherhood’ is an incubator for terrorists

The Abbottabad documents which reveal details about al-Qaeda’s founder Osama bin Laden, provides more spotlight on that.

In a column published in Ash-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper, Abdelmonem Saeed, the Egyptian commentator, said that the origin of terrorist ideology in our Muslim world finds itself in the Brotherhood’s fertile soil.

“What’s interesting in these papers is that the origin of terrorist ideology which dominated the man’s ideas came from studying the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology,” Saeed wrote.

After introducing the Brotherhood’s history and how they misled others particularly to monopolize the Muslim voice in western countries – which is really dangerous – Saeed concluded: “The Brotherhood is the first incubator of terrorist groups and their major and global school. Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri are not the first men to graduate from the Brotherhood’s school and they are probably not the last.”

There is no doubt about Bin Laden’s Brotherhood ties as he himself spoke about them, whether in the Abbottabad documents or in his secret and public statements.

American author Lawrence Wright provided valuable insight about al-Qaeda in his rich book ‘The Looming Tower’. Wright’s book provided evidence to how Bin Laden was raised based on the Brotherhood’s principles. Wright even noted that Bin Laden’s true relations are linked to the Brotherhood and not the Salafists.

As for Zawahiri, it’s actually clearer. Zawahiri’s ties are linked to the Brotherhood and Qutb. No one can argue about that as he himself addressed this in his famous book ‘The Bitter Harvest’.

Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi said “If you take a look at these figures and groups and look into some incidents, such as Sayyid Qutb’s 1965 organization, the Military Academy Group, Sadat’s murderers, Mustafa Bouyali’s group in Algeria, Marwan Hadid in Syria, Youssef al-Qardawi, Saad al-Faqih, Wajdi Ghoneim, Ali Benhadj, Abdelhakim Belhadj and Ali al-Sallabi, you will realize they are all connected to the Brotherhood.”

Other experts say that there are many reasons, related to Brotherhood’s history and ideology, that make its designation as terrorist group the right decision.

Last Update: Thursday, 12 July 2018 KSA 17:57 – GMT 14:57

 

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