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Saudi Arabia to lead 34 Islamic state coalition against terrorism

REUTERS  DUBAI – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA.

“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 statement said.

The announcement cited “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.”

the campaign would “coordinate” efforts to fight terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan

Shi’ite Muslim Iran, Sunni Saudi Arabia’s arch rival for influence in the Arab world, was absent from the states named as participants, as proxy conflicts between the two regional powers rage from Syria to Yemen.

The United States has been increasingly outspoken about its view that Gulf Arab states should do more to aid the military campaign against the Islamic State militant group based in Iraq and Syria.

In a rare press conference, 30-year-old crown prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman told reporters on Tuesday that the campaign would “coordinate” efforts to fight terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan, but offered few concrete indications of how military efforts might proceed.

“There will be international coordination with major powers and international organizations…in terms of operations in Syria and Iraq. We can’t undertake these operations without coordinating with legitimacy in this place and the international community,” bin Salman said without elaborating.

Asked if the new alliance would focus just on Islamic State, bin Salman said it would confront not only that group but “any terrorist organization that appears in front of us.”

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab neighbors have been locked in nine months of warfare with Iran-allied rebels in neighboring Yemen, launching hundreds of air strikes there.

Especially after a rash of attacks on Western targets claimed by Islamic State in recent months, the United States has increasingly said it thinks that firepower would better be used against IS.

As a ceasefire is set to take hold in Yemen on Tuesday alongside United Nations-backed peace talks, Riyadh’s announcement may signal a desire to shift its attention back toward the conflicts north of its borders.

Islamic State has pledged to overthrow the monarchies of the Gulf and have mounted a series of attacks on Shi’ite Muslim mosques and security forces in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

The 34 countries participating in the alliance along with Saudi Arabia are: Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Yemen.

Al-Nusra Jihadists Place 2 Million Euro Bounty on Hezbollah Chief’s Head

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The leader of an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria placed a two-million-euro bounty on the head of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah in the latest edition of Al-Risalah, a new English-language publication put out by self-described “jihadi fighters in Syria.”

Abu Mohammad Al-Julani, head of the terrorist organization Jabhat Al-Nusra (which owns the magazine), signed the “wanted dead” poster featuring Nasrallah.

“I offer a reward of €2 million to whoever kills Hassan Nasrullah (sic), even if they be from his people or family,” Al-Julani wrote.

He also promised to guarantee the safety of Nasrallah’s assassin, saying, “[Jabhat Al-Nusra] will provide security for him and his family and deliver him to wherever he wishes, and I am guarantor of that, Allah willing.”

A similar offer and guarantee was made for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, albeit with a higher reward — €3 million.

Lebanon: Americans arrested after Bekaa terror plot foiled

BEIRUT: Thirty suspects, including three Americans, have been arrested in east Lebanon after the Lebanese Army thwarted a major terror plot aimed at civilian and religious targets in Baalbek, local newspaper An-Nahar said Thursday.

The report said the suspects – including 24 Syrians, three U.S. citizens and three Koreans – were arrested late Tuesday after a raid on Syrian refugee camp sites in Telya plains in eastern Baalbek.

The suspects were taken to Beirut for further investigation, An-Nahar said.

The report said the foiled terrorist plot was aimed to target residential units and religious centers in northern Bekaa with “dozens of rockets” to be fired from the Telya plains.

The Daily Star could not independently verify the report.

The Lebanese Army has been engaged in a war against Syria-based militants from ISIS and Nusra Front entrenched along the northeastern border with Syria.

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