| 24.12,15. 11:29 PM |
Why Iran fears the coalition of the Islamic countries?
By Keyvan Salami
War against terrorism has some different features from any war that may happen between two armies or states. A most evident one is that the two conflicting armies have their ranks and identities. Nonetheless terrorists, who choose their victims from ordinary people, just hit and then vanish into the dark. In the case of war between two armies, the two sides are somehow cultivated personnel able to defend themselves. In attacks by terrorists, however, the victims are usually defenseless ordinary people who may have gathered for a concert or gone to a mosque for prayers. This is where the empty space is. There has to be some kind of formal force to secure the ordinary citizens.
On December 15th, 2015 a new military alliance was announced to have been formed by Muslim countries to fight international terrorism. Many Muslim states have, reportedly, joined the alliance, including Egypt and Turkey. Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman said the new alliance would co-ordinate efforts against extremists in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.
The 34 Islamic countries that have already made up the alliance are:
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinians, Qatar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The Saudi minister announced the goal of the coalition as to combat terrorism. He mentioned in the conference, “This coalition will act against any terrorist group in any corner of Islamic world and is not limited to ISIS”. Speaking at a press conference in Paris on December 15th, Adel Al Jobeir, the Saudi Foreign Minister emphasized,” It is time the Islamic world stands against terrorism”. “Financial aids to terrorists should be cut off and we should fight against the fundamentalist views”, he added.
analysts believe that this is a new front against Iranian regime‘s continues meddling in the countries of the region and its support for the terrorist organizations. Jamal Qashogchi, a Saudi analyzer, has said,” the motive behind this coalition is the problems the Islamic nations suffer from, including the problem of meddling by Iranian regime aimed to divide different Islamic nations’ .
The matter was brought up earlier by officials in the Arabic world. Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled Al Khalifa has stated that Gulf countries are defending themselves and their interests against the Iranian interferences. At the opening of an airshow in Dubai, Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, made the comments during an interview with The Associated Press. He noted that actions such as attempts to smuggle military equipment to Yemen and harassing ships transiting the Gulf continue just as they did before the July 14 nuclear agreement”
The coalition was also welcomed by other Islamic states. Nabil Al Arabi, Secretary General of the Arab League expressed his support for the coalition and said,” The Arab league shares the cooperative efforts of Arabic – Islamic countries in combatting terrorism”. Mohammad Al Jaarvan, the spokesman for the Arabic Parliament said, this Islamic coalition against terrorism has been a people’s demand”. Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister of the UAE, said at the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai that “the world is passing through a very sensitive phase. Perhaps it is the most complex and crucial phase”.
In the regional countries, Oman along with Iran, Iraq and Syria are the only countries who have not joined this coalition. Iranian officials have already shown their fear from the Islamic countries coalition.
“Javan” a newspaper that belongs to Khamenei ‘s “Besiege” militias wrote on Dec, 6th,” the main target of this coalition is Syria and repelling the resistance (= the word Iranian regime uses for Assad forces)”. The newspaper added, “The Saudi foreign minister has frequently accused Iran of support for terrorism”. The newspaper also predicts, “Observers say this coalition is somehow a reaction to Iran’s policies in the region”.
“Mashregh”, a site that reflects the views of a fraction in the Iranian government commented on Dec. 17th, that,”in this way Hezbollah and its allies will become legitimate and legal targets for attacks by all members of the coalition”.
Members of Iranian government are still coming out to show their fear from the coalition. Fear that could be seen before the coalition was announced. There is however another question raised by members of Iranian regime to be answered.” Is the military coalition of the Islamic countries some kind of a show or propaganda? Is it just like western states, U.S. led, coalition vain and deficient? Or is it a real step towards eradication of terrorism from the region? CNN ‘s diplomatic editor commented on Dec. 17th, “Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region have come to this conclusion that to defend themselves they have to stand on their own feet, they need to find a solution for their defense”.
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