Terrorism in Madinah, Rooted in Raqqa
12 August 2016
By Salman Al-dossary
Two chief factors play as to why Germany has yet not suffered a terrorist
attack: ''cooperation among security and intelligence agencies and luck,''
according to the German security chief.
After the latest attacks on Saudi Arabia and Turkey, no one can expect where
the next operation will take place; maybe in the Eiffel Tower, UK Parliament,
Spanish coasts, Munich, or probably on the Australian lands. All areas could
be targeted by terrorism.
It is impossible for security and intelligence apparatuses alone to limit the
penetration of ISIS militants among people, who are being killed and
terrorized, as long as the source of this terrorist organization is able to
put schemes, monitor, receive from and cooperate with whoever is willing to
Despite strikes on the organization's strongholds in Iraq and Syria, ISIS is
still instructing solo extremists or whom the West calls ''lone wolves.''
Even without instructing them, ISIS supporters see this organization as an
independent state with its own lands and capital, and no matter how much
effort countries put to counter this terrorist trend they believe that these
counter actions might be able to limit terrorist organizations but will not
We all remember how al-Qaeda's settlement in Afghanistan was behind the spread
of the organization's terrorist acts worldwide. And when the world united to
combat it in its stronghold in Tora Bora, its operations reduced remarkably.
It is true that after leaving Afghanistan, al-Qaeda and its allies resorted to
the internet to spread their thoughts and were embraced in many countries; yet
they could not benefit from Afghanistan's logistic support in training and
equipping their followers in the country's wide lands and areas.
Therefore, ISIS' terrorism could not be defeated as long as the world has not
yet agreed on a specific mechanism to fight the terrorist organization in its
stronghold, allowing the group to continue with its extremist acts.
When Saudi Arabia called its ground troops to participate in fighting ISIS in
Syria, it took the right decision, thus, putting the ball in the West's court,
specifically the United States.
By taking this decision, Riyadh showed that it has done and is still doing all
what it takes to fight terrorism at a time when many countries are watching,
condemning or benefiting from all what is happening.
With the emergence of ISIS in Syria, regional countries, headed by Saudi
Arabia, warned from this terrorist group and from the threats it poses.
What happened is that world countries, precisely the U.S., did not take these
warnings into consideration and preferred letting terrorist organizations
fight each other to abolish one another, until it suddenly woke up to find the
most vicious terrorist organization the history has known.
Things did not stop here; even after the world was shocked by its dangers as
terrorist operations spread in various countries, major powers have failed to
translate their words into action.
For instance, the United States, which is considered the world's superpower,
witnesses great contradictions among its leaders' statements. U.S. President
Barack Obama refuses the participation of U.S. ground troops in Syria.
During a press conference at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Turkey, Obama
pushed back against calls for the U.S. to broadly rethink its strategy against
the extremist group. ''It is not just my view, but the view of my closest
military and civilian advisers, that that would be a mistake,'' Obama said of
sending additional U.S. troops to take on ISIS.
United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter welcomes this participation
whereas U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expresses his reservations
concerning this matter.
It is worth mentioning that ISIS' attack on one of the most holy sites on
earth, the second holy mosque in Saudi Arabia, which is the Prophet's Mosque,
located in Madinah, is enough for Westerners to be certain that this terrorist
group hates Islam more than any other extremist organization throughout
history, and that Saudi Arabia is one of the most affected countries by ISIS'
Isn't ISIS that dubs Saudi Arabia, government and people, as blasphemous?
If they want to win the fight against ISIS, they have to stop promoting the
idea that ISIS was rooted in Saudi Arabia and is influenced by Islamic
The extremist group has attacked four Islamic cities in the Holy month of
Ramadan; then how can this group be influenced by thoughts they say are
Salman Aldosary is the editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.