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From Cairo to Istanbul, the devil is the same

At around the same time, terrorism has once again revealed its hideous face in Egypt and Turkey

Mashari Althaydi

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At around the same time, terrorism has once again revealed its hideous face in Egypt and Turkey. A monstrous strike targeted women, children and worshippers at the famous Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abbasiya, Cairo. At least 25 were killed and 31 others injured.

The terror that struck Istanbul was another evil act of terrorism. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) claimed the twin attacks – a car bomb followed by a suicide attack less than a minute later – that killed 38 people outside a sports stadium. This madness will unfortunately continue as there is a link between all that is happening and even if it does not appear to be the case.

The terror targeting Turkey is being nurtured through Syria and perhaps through Iraq as ISIS has categorized Turkey an enemy after it engaged in the war against it. There is also the war against the Kurdish militias in support of Russia and Iran and which aim to establish a Kurdish state that separates between Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

ISIS is the final form of armed fundamentalist outburst, which uses the concept of the “caliphate” and “jihad”, and are fighting the “enemies of Islam” as a means to recruit and mobilize especially after the West let down the Syrian people and the Russian and the Iranian regimes conspired against Syria and Iraq.

Letting Iran and Russia commit crimes in Syria and Iraq clearly means more of ISIS and non-ISIS terrorism and more of international terrorism

Mshari al-Thaydi

Egypt has a different kind of terrorism even though there is a link to ISIS in all these places and to Syria and Iraq and to al-Qaeda. Ahmad Salama Mabruk, aka Abu al-Faraj al-Masri, sat next to Abu Mohammed al-Julani when the new alliance of Fateh al-Sham was announced. In other words, the source of chaos, destruction and incitement to terrorism, as these groups put it, is what is happening in Syria.

Syria’s volcano, and now Iraq’s, is spewing out its lava on everyone. Torrents of fire are spilling into neighboring countries or rather across the entire world. The US, the world’s major superpower, probably thinks that its “isolation” from the Middle East is the solution and that it can settle down to just fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Major illusion

This is a major illusion because letting Iran and Russia commit crimes in Syria and Iraq clearly means more of ISIS and non-ISIS terrorism and more of international terrorism in the West and the US itself. It’s all crystal clear.

In his The National Interest article last week, Amitai Etzioni, Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University, wrote: “Such a Shiite-dominated Middle East is going to be – and, in effect, already is – a major breeding ground for transnational terrorism that is spreading into Europe and is threatening the US homeland.”

The roads to terrorism lead to one another and the solution is to block all of their supply chains. Is Donald Trump, the new leader of America, aware of that?

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on December 12, 2016.
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Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

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