27 September, 2017

Terrorism in the GCC: 6 - 13 September 2017


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

07 September 2017  

- Bahrain’s Minister of Education, Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi, headed a Bahraini delegation to the UAE’s ‘Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR)’ to discuss the theme ‘Education, Extremism and Terrorism.’ The minister gave a presentation on the systematic terrorism and subversive acts that have targeted educational institutions in Bahrain since 2011.

- Chief Prosecutor at the Anti-Terror Crime Prosecution, Isa Al-Rowaie, said that the High Criminal Court will hear the case of the terrorist bombing that targeted a security bus on King Hamad Highway on 26 February which resulted in injuries to a number of security men. Members of this cell, the so-called “Saraya Al-Ashtar”, were allegedly trained in Iran and Iraq on the use of weapons and explosives manufacturing.   


State of Kuwait

07 September 2017 

- President Trump noted that the cooperation between the United States and Kuwait has never been stronger and the FBI and Kuwait’s government are expanding their counterterrorism and intelligence-sharing efforts. Trump also thanked Kuwait for its humanitarian leadership and for its partnership in the fight to destroy ISIS 

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  12 September 2017 

- Saudi Arabia says it has broken up a Daesh plot to use a suicide bomb against Defense Ministry offices, while separately dismantling an alleged spyring. The state-run Saudi Press Agency said two Yemenis in Riyadh had been arrested on suspicion of wanting to bomb Defense Ministry locations. The statement also said two Saudi nationals were arrested and suicide belts and other weapons were seized. 


State of Qatar

08 September 2017 

- Donald Trump, in conversation with Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait, although not mentioning Qatar by name, insinuated that the United States will not tolerate the ongoing financing of terrorist groups by Doha. 

      11 September 2017 

- Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks found sanctuary in Qatar before the attacks, reveals Richard Clarke, the former US National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism in the Clinton and Bush administrations. Clarke stated that “had the Qataris handed him over to us as requested in 1996, the world might have been a very different place.”


United Arab Emirates

07 September 2017

- The United Arab Emirates hosted a symposium in Abu Dhabi on countering extremism and terrorism in education. This event was part of a larger struggle, led by the UAE, to use education and  religious messaging as a way to confront terrorism in the region and the world. Hussein bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, education minister of the UAE, said that it is important for the educational system to take a decisive stand against extremist group