Preachers asked to brand IS a terror outfit

Updated 11 August 2014
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Preachers asked to brand IS a terror outfit

Preachers and imams have been asked to describe the Islamic State (IS) as a terror group that is affiliated with Al-Qaeda during their sermons.
Saleh Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance, has notified all the ministry’s branches across the country to warn worshippers of the dangers of the group’s rhetoric on Islam and creeds of faith.
“Preachers should make clear the threats that Al-Qaeda and its branches, which empower enemies of the Sunni school of thought, pose to society,” Al-Asheikh said in an official statement.
“Preachers must substantiate their argument with verses from the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to reinforce that what these groups are doing are crimes against humanity and constitute a grave threat to homeland security,” he said.
The statement cited the Sharura incident, where Al-Qaeda affiliates attacked a police patrol at a border outpost.
“Terrorists assaulted Saudi security men who were on duty at the border checkpoint and killed them in cold blood in contravention to verses that promise punishment for killers,” he said.
“Murder, looting and attacking honor are all abhorrent acts that are typical of these barbarians, whose ancestors must have fought Muslims and killed them in cold blood throughout the ages,” the statement said.


Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

Updated 24 June 2019
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Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

  • Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah
  • Said Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government said on Monday that the Houthi militia has received various types of weapons smuggled from Iran.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the militia has suffered heavy losses and as a result they have been targeting civilians and civilian installations.
Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah in violation of the Stockholm agreement.
He said that the Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition, but “we will apply international law.”
He added that the coalition has started providing financial assistance to those affected by accidents in Yemen and the coalition has already compensated 116 people affected.