The recent operation against terror cells in Jeddah proved the security forces’ vigilance and advanced skills in combating terrorism.
The operation in Al-Yasmeen neighborhood in Riyadh earlier this month came as a heavy blow for ISIS. This was followed by another blow when security forces besieged a rest house in the Harazat area of Jeddah. After calling on the terrorists to surrender peacefully, the latter attacked security forces and opened fire on them before detonating suicide belts they were wearing in order to blow up the explosives' factory they were working in.
Meanwhile, a terrorist named Hussam al-Jahni was arrested along with a Pakistani woman who worked with him, who is said to be his wife.
The significant point in these recent operations is that there have been no victims among security forces. This indicates the level of the security force's advanced skills in confronting terrorism.
Saudi policeman Gibran Awaji was confronting two beasts who wore suicide belts during the raid in Al-Yasmeen neighborhood, but he bravely defeated them using only his gun. This portrayed an amazing scene to all media outlets across the world.
All these operations add to the security apparatuses’ success. It’s true that Saudi Arabia is one of the countries that is harmed most by terrorism but during the past two decades, it has established solid, experienced and interconnected apparatuses with advanced skills. In the past, security operations, such as the raid in King Fahad neighborhood, the siege of a villa in al-Ras neighborhood and the operation at Abdulaziz Oasis compound in the eastern province, were different and often involved a gunfight. At the beginning, they were all battles but operations have now developed and terrorism is being combated through a qualitative approach.
It's funny how terrorists find justifications to manipulate women and exploit them for purposes of terrorism, but actually kill a woman if she honorably works to feed herself and her children!
This article was first published in al-Bayan on Jan 23, 2017.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.