President Trump joined Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to inaugurate Saudi Arabia’s terrorist-monitoring center aimed at combating extremism & terrorist ideology by promoting peace through co-existence.
The Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology will focus on defeating Daesh on the battle field and in cyberspace, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday during a press conference in Riyadh.
The vision of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology is to become the main reference in the fight against extremist ideology and promote a culture of moderation. Its mission is to monitor and analyze extremist ideology in order to prevent its spread. The Center will confront extremism by cooperating with related governments and organizations. The Center’s objectives are prevention, awareness and confrontation of extremism and terrorism.
The Saudi Strategy to Defeat Daesh
With respect to Daesh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has articulated a strategy by targeting the men, money and mindset that sustains it.
Saudi Arabia has launched 341 airstrikes against Daesh in Syria, the second-largest number of airstrikes, second only to the United States itself. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia has pledged ground troops in as part of any coalition ground offensive in Syria. Saudi Arabia is leading a multi-national Islamic Military Alliance to coordinate and support military operations to fight terrorism. More than 2,800 suspected terrorists have been arrested in Saudi Arabia since 2015, including the conspirators in the July 4th attacks.
In February 2017, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior announced a successful counterinsurgency operation that led to the dismantling of four Daesh (ISIS) cells and subsequent arrest of 18 suspected terrorists.
Saudi Arabia has frozen and investigated more than 115 bank accounts suspected of terror financing. The Kingdom is a founding member of the Counter-ISIL Finance Group. Co-Chaired by Saudi Arabia, United States and Italy, CIFG is dedicated to cutting off sources of funding for Daesh.
Prominent Islamic leaders have condemned terrorism has counter to Islam. In a message to the people of Saudi Arabia and all the world’s Muslims on the occasion of the Eid Al-Fitr, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz recommitted Saudi Arabia to “strike with an iron fist” the terror groups that seek to recruit youths to “extremism and violence,” and pledged efforts to “distance them from masterminds of misleading ideas.”