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Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman (C-R), poses with the chiefs of staff of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition during a meeting in the capital Riyadh on March 27

Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman (C-R), poses with the chiefs of staff of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition during a meeting in the capital Riyadh on March 27

Riyadh- On Sunday, the Islamic military alliance revealed the four sections on counterterrorism and fighting extremism they will refer to. Media, ideology, funding and military operations are the four cornerstones to the framework employed by the nations belonging to the alliance.

The nations said the interference against ISIS in Syria will be discussed over the upcoming meetings convened by the alliance’s nations.

Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammad Bin Salman emphasized the importance of coordinating strategic efforts among Muslim nations to confront and defeat terrorism by meeting the Chiefs of Staff of all member nations in the alliance.

Chiefs of Staff after meeting sessions in Riyadh, on Sunday, confirmed the significance of effective comprehensive and strategic teamwork devoted when fighting extremism – which is a world-wide phenomenon- and terrorism, which has no religion.

Military Adviser to the Saudi Minister of defense Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri said that the meeting focused on four main sectors for fighting terrorism.

“There are no temptations drawing in nations to join the alliance. The ongoing events threaten the whole nation, terrorism which is kidnapping their religion and children, and nothing comes atop the importance of homeland security and stability,” Brig. Al-Assiri said.

He also set a reference to ISIS exercising crimes which obstructed progress and the establishment of a government in Iraq.
Military chiefs from Muslim nations have pledged to reinforce their combat against terrorism, and to dry up terrorists’ resources.

“What is demanded is an increased spending of efforts to confront terrorism recruitment, and the incitement of supporters via all means,” Brig. Al-Assiri said regarding the vast recruitment in Arab and Muslim nations, which is drawing in youth into extremism and terrorist organizations.

The purpose of the meeting was to lay the foundations for the operations by the Islamic coalition, and the members were keen on operating under the umbrella of international legitimacy, Al Assiri said, adding that the coalition will coordinate all the efforts in combating terrorism in general.

The alliance did not attend any specific case, instead has outlined a work mechanism. The approach will not employ shaped forces, rather will coordinate efforts; the 39 nations of the Islamic military alliance will exchange security information as well.