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Kuwait establishes new anti-terror committee
July 14, 2015, 9:34 am

Kuwait, hit by the worst suicide attack in its history last month, decided yesterday to set up a permanent committee to fight “terrorism” and extremism. At its weekly meeting, the cabinet “decided to form a permanent committee to coordinate between various bodies to ensure security and fight against all forms of terrorism... and extremism,” a statement said.

A Saudi suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in Kuwait City on June 26, killing 26 worshippers and wounding 227 others in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

The interior ministry has arrested more than 40 people in connection with the attack and referred them to the public prosecution for legal action.

The cabinet statement said the new committee will also work to drain sources of “terror” funding and intensify awareness programs. It said the move came after the recent surge in “terrorism”. The interior ministry has said two Saudi brothers arrested by police in Saudi Arabia transported the explosives into Kuwait.

It said they delivered the explosives to Abdulrahman Sabah Eidan Saud, a stateless Arab who passed them on to the suicide bomber and drove him to the mosque.

An IS-affiliated group calling itself Najd Province claimed the Kuwait bombing and also said it carried out two suicide attacks at Shiite mosques in neighboring Saudi Arabia in May. 

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Ali H. Alyami  Posted on : July 14, 2015 5:56 pm
Kuwait and other Gulf rulers and populations can defeat extremism and its byproduct terrorism. How? Dry the swamps in which bad critters are conceived, hatched and nurtured.

Like what? Transform educational institutions, empower women, dismantle religious establishments and above all, re-interpret Muslims texts, especially Shariah, to accommodate human advances, rule of law and modern daily demands.

The gulf rulers have the money, Mecca and Medina and the West's support. Short of taking, risky and unpopular reform measures, lethal ideologues will find recruits in countries where people feel marginalized and have no real input in the decision-making process in their countries.

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