18 October, 2017

Terrorism in the GCC: 9 – 16 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 the 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

10 October 2017

- Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement in support for President Trumps decision to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to the list of global terrorists organisations, seeing this as an important step in countering terrorism. At the same time, Bahrain reaffirmed its support for all efforts aimed at keeping Iran from having nuclear weapons and ending the Islamic Republic’s support for regional extremist groups. 

State of Kuwait

11 October 2017

- The Kingdom of Kuwait has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the King’s palace in Saudi Arabia, furthermore reaffirming the cooperation between the countries in fighting terrorism.

State of Qatar

10 October 2017

- The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said that Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup in the country should depend on whether Qatar fights extremism and the funding of terrorism. Qatar’s government replied by suggesting that the UAE’s demand was based on jealousy instead of real concern.  

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

15 October 2017

- King Salman phoned President Trump on Saturday (14/10) to affirm Saudi Arabia’s support of the United States ‘revised policy’ towards “Iranian aggression and Iran’s support for terrorism in the region.” Trump’s stance against Iran’s IRGC, which resulted in sanctions, Iran’s nuclear programme and the President’s stance against Iranian fueling of terrorism and conflict in the region were welcomed by Riyadh. 

16 October 2017

- The Shura Council of Saudi Arabia has approved new legislation for the fight against, and the funding of, terrorism. Chairman of the Security Affairs Committee, Major General Abdullah al Sadoun, who briefed the Council on this topic, stated that this new law considers all legal, rights and humanitarian angles and therefore should be considered as one of the best in the world. 

The United Arab Emirates

11 October 2017

- In a statement, made by the UAE’s delegation during the recent UN General Assembly Sixth Committee (the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions), the country stated that the UAE have actively participated in 15 different regional and international alliances to combat terrorism and terrorist groups. Two of these alliances for example, are the international coalition against Daesh and the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum. 

Side note on the terrorist attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, of last Saturday (14/10):

All the countries in the GCC have expressed their condolences with Somalia and the families of the victims and stressed their solidarity with the government of Somalia in fighting terrorism. The attacks, in which a car bomb exploded amidst two busy conjunctions, cost the lives of 276 (so far) and injured an estimate of 300 more.