Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News, 2015-12-15
Saudi Arabia says a coalition of 34 Islamic nations has been formed to fight any terrorist group.
Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey Malaysia, Pakistan and several Gulf Arab and African states make up the coalition but excludes Iran, Iraq and Syria despite the states sharing a common enemy in ISIS.
A joint statement published on state news agency SPA says the countries mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorist with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations.
The announcement cited “a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organisations whatever their sect and name which wreak death and corruption on earth and aim to terrorise the innocent.”