Arab Summit to discuss joint counter terrorism force
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CAIRO: The formation of a rapid inter-Arab deployment force in the gulf or Jordan to counter “terrorist groups” will be discussed at the March Arab Summit to be held in Cairo, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Badr Abdel Atty told Al-Arabiya Sunday.

Arab countries are “keen” to see a tangible indicator that Egypt is capable of and willing to have a stabilizing role in the region, Abdel Atty said, adding that “terrorist groups” aim to “fragment Arab states.”

Benefiting from the capabilities of the Egyptian Armed Forces would positively reflect on stability in Egypt, the gulf and the entire region, he said.

Abdel Atty also emphasized the need for a “comprehensive approach” to confront “all terrorist organizations” without discrimination, especially that they draw their ideologies from the “same extremist ideas,” according to Al-Arabiya.

Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a “terrorist organization” in December 2013; Saudi Arabia followed suit in March 2014, and so did the United Arab Emirates in November 2014.

Sunday evening the Islamic State group in Libya published a video showing the mass beheading of 21 Egyptians who had been kidnapped in Sirte in early January. President Sisi addressed the nation after a meeting of the National Defense Council to say that Egypt had the right to respond, and Monday morning the military announced it had launched targeted strikes against Islamic State targets in Libya.

On Sunday, a Jordanian court sentenced top Muslim Brotherhood leader Zaki Bani to a year and five months in prison for souring ties with a foreign country, after he criticized UAE on social media.

Security conditions in the region have been inflammatory since the 2011 upheavals; Syria, Iraq and Libya have been penetrated by the Islamic State group and Yemeni rivals are still conflicting over power. Egypt is also fighting an insurgency in North Sinai, amid ongoing attacks against public utilities and the police in several other governorates.

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