The US and various Middle Eastern nations have made a new pact which promises to “provide extra troops for defeating the Islamic State,” – Via The War Files

Via The War Files -The US and various Middle Eastern nations have made a new pact which promises to “provide extra troops for defeating the Islamic State,” but also singled out Iran “for destabilizing the region.” US President Trump added that “Riyadh is to become the heart of the region’s counter-terrorism operations.” The pact, the Riyadh declaration, was signed following President Trump’s visit to the Saudi capital for a summit that saw Islamic representatives from 55 countries, and vowed “to combat terrorism in all its forms, address its intellectual roots, dry up its sources of funding and to take all necessary measures to prevent and combat terrorist crimes in close cooperation among their states.” “The leaders welcomed the establishment of a global center for countering extremists thought to take base in Riyadh, and praised the center’s strategic objectives of combating intellectual, media and digital extremism and promoting coexistence and tolerance among peoples,” the document text stated, which was published by the Saudi Press Agency. The exact membership of what the communique called the Middle East Strategic Alliance will be decided in 2018, but various members have committed to assembling “a reserve force of 34,000 soldiers to support operations against terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria when needed.” Trump called on the leaders of the Muslim world to join their efforts in fighting terrorism, and pledged unconditional support to America’s old and new allies in the region. “Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God,” Trump said. He then announced the establishment of several international anti-terrorism centers, including two Riyadh-based groups joined by Gulf Cooperation Council members and co-chaired by the US which will be tasked with “preventing the financing of terrorism.” Trump then went on to accuse Iran of providing terrorists with “safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment, as well as of being responsible for so much instability in the Middle East”


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