Saudi Arabian State TV announced the formation of an Islamic Military Alliance on Tuesday with the sole mission to fight terrorism. This Riyadh-based coalition will consist of 34 countries including the Gulf States, several African countries, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, and Pakistan. The headquarters of the coalition will be based in the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. In the past few years, several coalitions formed against Islamic State, primary of them being the US-led coalition. United States managed to muster the support of 65 different countries however, it is reported that only a dozen may actively be participating, on top of which the US-led coalition has received criticism for being ineffective. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said,
We can state that [US-led] coalition is simulating the fight against ISIS and real terrorism and acts on its own politicized approach to the situation, which runs counter to international law, at least in Syria. Now we can see that [this happens] not only in this country. As is known, the inactivity of the actions of the [US-led] coalition was distinctly confirmed by the growing ISIS problem.
Islamic Military Alliance
The latest coalition announced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia include the following countries:
Islamic Federal Republic of Comoros
The official statement read,
The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations… [The coalition has] a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organizations whatever their sect and name which wreak death and corruption on earth and aim to terrorize the innocent.
It is uncertain as to when the Islamic Military Alliance will effectively start operations. At any rate, the move to form an Islamic coalition was a long time coming and shows unity, and solidarity among Muslim nations around the world.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.