Ministry of Defense Launches Ideological Warfare Center

The newly-launched Ideological Warfare Center will counter the violent ideologies that cause terrorism. PHOTO CREDIT: Ideological Warfare Center

The Saudi Ministry of Defense has launched the Ideological Warfare Center to counter extremist ideologies that cause terrorism.

The Ideological Warfare Center is a project of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism.  The IWC is staffed with experienced experts from Saudi Arabia and around the world to provide diverse perspectives on how to combat terrorism online.

The Center will focus on exposing mistakes, allegations, suspicions and deceptive techniques promoted by extremists and terrorists. The IWC will also implement effective plans against ideological extremism, including promotion of moderation, tolerance, dialogue.

Ideological Warfare Center and the Islamic Military Coalition

On December 15, 2015, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism. At the time of the Alliance’s original organization, the Kingdom announced that the initial group of 34 states had “decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, coordinate military efforts, exchange information, and train Alliance personnel through a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations.” This Alliance has been subsequently grown to 41 nations.

The Islamic Coalition is encouraging educators and scholars as well as religious and political leaders to raise their voices against those who preach violence. Moreover, Saudi Arabia has created a center which operates 24/7 to analyze social media to identify and track terrorist efforts to recruit and activate new followers.

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