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October 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s call for international coalition against Hezbollah faces obstacles

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Henry Jackson Society

Saudi Arabia appears to be trying to take the confrontation with Hezbollah to a whole new level by calling for an international coalition against the Lebanese movement.

In a tweet Oct. 8, Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan wrote, “The solution is to form a strict international coalition to confront [Hezbollah] and those who work with it in order to achieve regional peace and security.”

This comment received a quick response from Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, just hours later during a speech to commemorate Hezbollah commander Ali al-Asheq and Hezbollah member Mohammad Nasreddine, both of whom were killed recently in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

In a report released in July, the Henry Jackson Society, a British foreign policy think tank, accused Saudi Arabia of being the most prominent funder of extremism in Britain, claiming that Saudi Arabia funded institutions and preachers that played a role in the radicalization of many Britons who joined the ranks of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Read more on Al-Monitor