Islamic alliance implementing Zionist project — Saudi opposition

Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday vowed to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth".

The countries in the Islamic Alliance include Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Uganda, Somalia, Mauritania, Lebanon, Yemen, Turkey and Libya. "With this alliance, this ends today", Prince Salman said.

Speaking at the meeting of a new Islamic coalition in Riyadh, he told defence ministers: "Today we began tracking down terrorism and we see its defeat in many countries of the world, especially in Islamic countries". Now the Crown Prince wants to take his brainchild to the next level by declaring a total "war against terrorism", during the Sunday summit of IMA, also referred to as the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) or the "Arab NATO".

The group's first meeting came in the wake of Friday's deadly attack on a Sufi mosque in Egypt's northern Sinai, which killed more than 300 people, including 27 children, according to the Egyptian state prosecutor. "We will not allow such elements to tarnish the image of Islam".

The anti-terrorism Islamic military alliance led by Saudi Arabia is a tool to strike Islam and Muslims and to implement the Zionist project, the opposition Umma Islamic Party has said.

The ministers also expressed their determination to address terrorism through education and knowledge and to fight terrorist ideologies in the financing domain.

The coalition is made up of 41 largely Sunni-majority countries and describes itself as a "pan-Islamic unified front" against violent extremism. The military participation of the coalition states, however "will be defined in accordance with each country's capabilities and resources, as well as in accordance with each country's desire to participate in a given military operation", their declaration said, announcing the creation of a joint operations center in Riyadh.