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Muslim nations form coalition to fight terror, call Islamic extremism 'disease'

Is ISIS' defeat possible?

Saudi Arabia proclaimed arrangement of a coalition to fight terrorism, reports Ed Payne for CNN.

Saudis referred to ISIS as to extremist disease and announced the formation of an alliance designed to fight violence of jihadists, as reported by Saudi defense minister. The formation of the coalition coincided with the West’s escalation of the war with Islamic State.

Payne provides a quote of Defense Minister: "Today there are a number of countries that suffer from terrorism, for example Daesh in Syria and Iraq; terrorism in Sinai, terrorism in Yemen, terrorism in Libya, terrorism in Mali, terrorism in Nigeria, terrorism in Pakistan, terrorism in Afghanistan and this requires a very strong effort to fight. Without a doubt, there will be coordination in these efforts."

Allegedly, the coalition will include Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, the Palestinians, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d'Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Yemen.

Since the conflict with Islamic State escalated in September 2014, the U.S. has been playing the leading role in military campaign against Islamic extremists. It was calculated that since the beginning of the conflict the U.S. has dropped more bombs than any other country of anti-ISIS coalition, with bombing rate of about 80% of total bombs. It was also revealed that the U.S. is dropping bombs faster that it can replenish them.

Other countries of coalition claim that their involvement in the war is significant too, but these claims might demand careful consideration.

Firstly, it was disclosed by Pentagon that half of the Arab associates, despite their claims of carrying out strikes against ISIS, in fact have not performed any attacks in Syria and Iraq.

Secondly, as reported by the U.S. officials, Jordan and Bahrain have not carried out any bombings in the war-torn region for months. Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. barely perform attacks once in a month.

These evidences clearly demonstrate that the region is begging for changes and Syria and Iraq are in deep need of cooperation in order to prevent further formation of wide terroristic chain that has already caused extremist attacks worldwide, from Paris to Australia.

It is believed that now ISIS has evolved into much bigger threat to Iran and its associates than the Arab states, dominated by Sunni Arab. However, it is not yet certain whether the new coalition would be capable of confronting ISIS with its growing power. "ISIS doesn't just exist in Syria and Iraq -- it has major constituency supporters in almost all Arab countries, including Saudi, Kuwait, Lebanon and Jordan. So they want to really minimize the risks," Payne cites a professor of Middle Eastern studies of London Economics School. This reality, in spite of forming coalition, still demonstrates high probability of suppression of any confrontation in the future.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

The formation of the “anti-terror coalition” by Saudi Arabia, the supporter of international terrorism and Wahhabism throughout the world, can be seen as a response to Washington’s decision to let go of Syria for now. Saudi Arabia which has already been sponsoring terrorists in Syria as did Qatar and Turkey, may now “fight ISIS” by fighting the Syrian Arab Army. Apparently, Saudi Arabia did not even bother to inform Indonesia and Pakistan that they are included in the “anti-terror coalition” and added them without asking for their approval.  We may be entering a new stage where US proxies fight the Syrian Government rather than a direct US engagements. It remains to be seen what Saudi Arabia will do with this new coalition, and there could be room for surprises.

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