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Muslim world unites to fight terrorism

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Riyadh   /   Fri, December 15, 2017   /  12:53 pm
Muslim world unites to fight terrorism Indonesian peacekeepers with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) prepare to leave their base for a patrol near Al-Taybe, South Lebanon, 28 August 2009. In 2006, UNIFIL expanded its deployment to Southern Lebanon, a high-tension area near the Lebanon-Israel border (also known as the Blue Line), when the two countries resumed hostilities. (UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz)

The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) held its inaugural meeting on Nov. 26 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, opened by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The coalition was established in 2015 with 34 countries as firstmembers. In just two years, it claimed its membership had increased to 41 countries, mostly members of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The IMCTC focuses on ideology, communications, terrorist financing and military issues. In addition, they collaborate with supporting international organizations such as the United Nations, the OIC and countries outside the coalition. The IMCTC respects the sovereignty of its members. The resulting communiqué from the inaugural meeting among others asserted that the coalition members confront perceptions of extremism and terrorism with education and knowledge as the main tool...

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