GCC defense ministers: Al-Baghdadi’s killing important step in eliminating Daesh cells

GCC defense ministers: Al-Baghdadi’s killing important step in eliminating Daesh cells
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The 16th meeting of the joint defense council of the GCC defense ministers, was hosted by Oman in Muscat. (Saudi Ministry of Defense's Twitter)
GCC defense ministers: Al-Baghdadi’s killing important step in eliminating Daesh cells
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The 16th meeting of the joint defense council of the GCC defense ministers, was hosted by Oman in Muscat. (Saudi Ministry of Defense's Twitter)
GCC defense ministers: Al-Baghdadi’s killing important step in eliminating Daesh cells
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The 16th meeting of the joint defense council of the GCC defense ministers, was hosted by Oman in Muscat. (Saudi Ministry of Defense's Twitter)
GCC defense ministers: Al-Baghdadi’s killing important step in eliminating Daesh cells
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The 16th meeting of the joint defense council of the GCC defense ministers, was hosted by Oman in Muscat. (Saudi Ministry of Defense's Twitter)
Updated 30 October 2019

GCC defense ministers: Al-Baghdadi’s killing important step in eliminating Daesh cells

GCC defense ministers: Al-Baghdadi’s killing important step in eliminating Daesh cells
  • Gulf defense ministers condemned attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais that took place in September
  • The 16th meeting of the joint defense council of the GCC defense ministers was held in Oman

RIYADH: The death of Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is an important step in eliminating the terrorist organization's cells, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) defense ministers said on Wednesday. 

The ministers also condemned the September attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, and said that they stand with the Kingdom and any measures taken to protect its sovereignty, stability, and interests.

The 16th meeting of the joint defense council of the GCC, was hosted by Oman in Muscat. It was chaired by Oman’s defense minister Sayyid Bader bin Saud Al-Busaidi.

Trump on Sunday announced the killing of Baghdadi by US special operations forces in northwestern Syria. 

 


Pentagon includes Israel in Middle East command area

Pentagon includes Israel in Middle East command area
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Pentagon includes Israel in Middle East command area

Pentagon includes Israel in Middle East command area
  • Moving Israel under the Central Command potentially makes security cooperation with the US on regional matters easier
  • The move could bring Israeli military officials in closer proximity to those of Gulf neighbors

WASHINGTON: The US Defense Department announced Friday that it would include close ally Israel in the area covered by its Middle East-focused Central Command.
In another sign of the rapprochement brokered by President Donald Trump between Israel and Arab countries, the Pentagon said US military dealings with Israel would no longer be handled by its European Command.
“We structure boundaries to best mitigate risk and protect US interests and partners,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
“The easing of tensions between Israel and its Arab neighbors subsequent to the Abraham Accords has provided a strategic opportunity for the United States to align key partners against shared threats in the Middle East.”
That was mainly a reference to Iran, which the United States, Israel and Arab countries view as the leading security threat to the region.
For decades at odds with its Arab neighbors over its treatment of Palestinians, Israel has over the past year broken barriers on open cooperation and communications with Gulf countries under the Trump-fostered Abraham Accords.
Moving it under the Central Command potentially makes security cooperation with the United States on regional matters easier, and could bring Israeli military officials in closer proximity to those of Gulf neighbors.
But it could also complicate CentCom cooperation with Iran allies like Iraq, where the US retains 2,500 troops.
“Israel is a leading strategic partner for the United States, and this will open up additional opportunities for cooperation with our US Central Command partners, while maintaining strong cooperation between Israel and our European allies,” the Pentagon said.