03 October, 2017

Terrorism in the GCC: 25 September - 03 October 2017

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Terrorism and the war against it require functioning collective action which, in itself, requires a flow of information that can help decision makers understand the challenges posed by collective adversaries and the manner in which allies develop their counter-terrorism capabilities. 

The Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC) is proud to announce a weekly bulletin service that presents country briefings on terrorism-related news each week. In this way, we hope to make a contribution to enhancing EU-Gulf relations in the war against terrorism and extremist ideologies.

By: Wouter Jansen 

 

Kingdom of Bahrain

27 September 2017

- King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued a decree stipulating heavy fines and prison terms of 10 years for anyone that engages in terrorist activity inside or outside the country. Noting that the same penalty shall be inflicted upon any person who collects, gives or allocates property or funds to an individual or a group of individuals who are involved in a terrorist activity.

30 September 2017

- The Bahraini Government, stating in a statement from the Foreign Ministry, has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that took place in the Somali town of Mogadishu and in the Afghan cities of Kabul and Kandahar, stating that it stands together with those countries against violence and terrorism. It also reaffirms the position of the Kingdom of Bahrain that reject terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

State of Kuwait

28 September 2017

- The Kuwaiti government will soon adopt a project for ensuring protection of youths from terrorism and extremism. This project will be done in participation with the Ministries of Interior, Education, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Information, the Public Authority for Youth and Sports affairs and other concerned authorities. 

Sultanate of Oman

27 September 2017

- A renowned Indian Islamic scholar and pro-jihad radical cleric, Salman Nadwi, has been expelled by Oman for a lecture he had given at the local College of Shariah Sciences last week in which he had called for an attack on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries for having turned against Qatar. 

State of Qatar

28 September 2017

- Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sultan bin Saad al Muraikhi, has stated that Qatar will remain committed to working within the framework of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and bilateral relations. Qatar will also keep working with all international organisations in the fight against violent extremism to achieve the objectives of the international community.

02 October 2017

- A former Pentagon official, Michael Rubin, stated in an article that it is time for the Trump Administration to designate Qatar-along with Pakistan and Turkey-as state sponsors of terrorism. Michael Rubin stated that not only has Qatar become the main financial supporter to Hamas, but it also finances the most radical Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria and Libya. 

02 October 2017

- Libyan armed forces spokesman, Col. Ahmad al-Mesmari, said that ‘Qatar is transporting armed ISIS militants from Syria to Libya. Also, Qatar’s financial support for terrorist organisations in Libya persists’, added Mesmari. 

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

26 September 2017

- The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir, condemned Qatar for ‘providing a safe haven to those who have violated the law, ‘during his speech at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Al-Jubeir said that ‘Doha’s practices of providing financial support for terrorism, while spreading violent hate speech is unacceptable.’

United Arab Emirates

25 September 2017

- Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and agreed to measures to combat terrorism and halt funding to extremist groups in the region. The meeting was also used to address efforts to protect Arab national unity against destabilising factors and against foreign interference in domestic affairs. 

26 September 2017

- The United Arab Emirates called for a zero-tolerance policy on all parties who fund and support terrorism and extremism, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. During his speech, the Minister emphasized that the UAE’s foreign policy is guided by principle in line with the Charter of the United Nations and international law. 

A special note on the Las Vegas attack:

The UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman along with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council have condemned the attacks in Las Vegas and expressed their condolences to everyone involved in these horrific attacks.