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GCC drawn to fight as IS targets Gulf
August 10, 2015, 8:21 am
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US Air Force handout photo shows F-16 Fighting Falcons from Aviano Air Base, Italy as they arrive at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The United States has deployed half a dozen F-16 warplanes at a Turkish base to help operations against the Islamic State group, the US mission to NATO said on Aug 9.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries plan to launch air and ground attacks in collaboration with the international and Arab forces to eliminate the Islamic State or the so-called DAESH from Syria and Iraq, reports Al-Shahed daily.

The daily quoting reliable sources said in this regard the GCC armies Chiefs-of-Staff held secret meetings with their Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts to discuss the possibility of a major military offensive. The sources added the GCC countries have decided to get rid of the malice before it is too late since they have realized the danger the IS poses to the security of these countries. The sources revealed the plan is ready for military action but needs a nod from the United Nations. The Gulf countries are seeking to lead the international coalition to confront the expansionist ambition of the organization.

The sources added the GCC countries have also discussed the matter with the Americans, the Russians and the Turks to support and participate in the alliance at the same time keeping the Iraqis updated and to get Baghdad’s support for the military operation, which is expected to be the first of its kind at the global level. The sources pointed out the Gulf States plan a three-pronged attack with the participation of the air, sea and land forces to liberate the Iraqi and Syrian territories.

The sources added the participation of the GCC military will be very effective in the anticipated war after intelligence reports have proved the security of the GCC countries is being targeted by the organization.

Meanwhile, Washington is closely following up the method adopted by Kuwaiti security authorities to contain terrorist sleeper cells affiliated to DAESH or the so-called Islamic State, reports Al-Rai daily quoting US sources. The sources reiterated Kuwait has earned the admiration of the United States of America in its fight against terrorism and particularly DAESH. The same sources said US security officials are expected to arrive in Kuwait at an early date to discuss with their Kuwaiti counterparts ‘war on terrorism’.

The sources explained this would lead to a significant shift in the method of fight against terrorism around the world, which was adopted by Washington in cooperation with other capitals to combat terrorism in the past, especially during the war against the al-Qaeda. The US sources concluded saying there are many other measures being prepared, and the method adopted by the Kuwaiti authorities has proved effective.

Washington says it is necessary for ‘others’ who are involved in the fight against extremism to coordinate with Kuwait. The sources pointed out it appears that DAESH has adopted the ‘lone wolf’ strategy of late – to commit violent acts in support of some group, movement or ideology — but does so alone outside the command structure without material assistance from any group. Although the lone wolf prepares and acts alone, he/she may be influenced or motivated by the ideology and beliefs of an external group.

In a related development, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has called for higher vigilance and better preparedness in the kingdom after a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State on a security forces mosque killed 15 people, state news agency SPA reported late on Saturday. Thursday’s attack followed two bombings in May of mosques used by the kingdom’s Shiite Muslim minority that killed 25, several shootings of policemen in Riyadh and a car bomb outside a prison in the capital in July, all claimed by Islamic State.

The jihadist movement regards Riyadh’s ruling family as having betrayed Islam through its close ties with the West, and wants to replace all Muslim states, including Saudi Arabia, with a single caliphate. “His Highness Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz called on the need to intensify preparedness and raise the level of caution in the face of any developments that, God forbid, may arise,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The Crown Prince is also interior minister.

Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr aladded Baghdadi called last year for supporters in Saudi Arabia to launch their own attacks on Shiites, government targets and Westerners instead of travelling to Iraq or Syria to join his group.

Saudi Arabia has joined the US and other Arab states in airstrikes against the group in Syria, has mobilised state-affiliated clergy to denounce the group and has detained hundreds of its suspected supporters. Thursday’s blast took place during noon prayers at the mosque in the Special Emergency Forces Centre in Abha, the capital of the southwestern Asir province, killing five members of the force, six trainees and four Bangladeshi workers.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for attacking what it called “a military camp” on Thursday and the Interior Ministry on Saturday named the bomber as 21-yearold Saudi national Yousef bin Sulaiman Abdullah al-Sulaiman.

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