In mid-December, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a broad coalition of Muslim countries dedicated to “fighting terrorism” across the Muslim world. The coalition, said the Kingdom’s inexperienced defense minister, Mohammad Bin Salman, would include 34 Muslim countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and would be headquartered in Riyadh. The goal would be to combat Daesh and other extremist groups which Bin Salman did not name.
While the notion of Muslim countries taking a greater role in fighting Daesh and other fanatic Islamic groups is to be applauded, Saudi Arabia’s new coalition is fraught with problems. Here are 7 reasons why.