SAUDI Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledged to wipe terrorists from the “face of the Earth,” targeting a “faceless enemy” while suspected of having Iran in his sights.
The ambitious heir to the Saudi throne, whose previous military exploits have been expensive bloody failures, claims that he will use resources from his country’s Islamic Military Alliance (IMA).
The IMA, composed of 40 Sunni-led states, was formed by the crown prince in 2015 and has functioned so far only on paper.
He told Sunday’s IMA summit: “Today we start the pursuit of terrorism and we see its defeat in many facets around the world especially in Muslim countries.
“We will continue to fight it until we see its defeat. In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries … this ends today, with this alliance.”
His supposed “Islamic” alliance does not include countries with Shia-influenced governments, such as Iran, Iraq or Syria.
The Saudi-led countries agreed in May during the Arab-Islamic-US Summit to set aside up to 34,000 troops for potential anti-terrorist operations in Iraq and Syria.
However, the key battles against terrorists in those countries — many funded by Saudi Arabia and its allies — are now all but over, as both Iraqi and Syrian militaries are finishing off the remnants of Isis.
The coalition’s meeting also sparked anger on social media yesterday for showing a clip of Palestinian “terrorists” fighting Israeli occupation forces during the 2001 uprising (intifada).
On Twitter, one user said: “People do not care what your [Saudi Arabia’s] criteria for classifying terrorism is. Terrorism is all who normalise with Israel. Palestinian resistance has more honour than you.”