Britain must back region’s fight against extremists, think tank reports

By Damien McElroy, The National

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Greater cooperation with Gulf countries to counter violent extremism and tackle radicalisation of Muslims would improve British security one year on from a spate of mass casualty terrorist attacks, the Henry Jackson Society think tank says in a new report.

“Western countries such as the US and the UK are the Gulf countries’ main allies and providers of training, intelligence, personnel and other resources to combat extremism,” the report said. “The UK should seek to deepen its engagement with Gulf nations beyond intelligence cooperation.”

Najah Al Otaibi, Henry Jackson Society researcher and author of the report, told The National that British involvement in centres that specialise in anti-extremist work and deradicalisation would also create a more effective local response to a problem that meant an estimated 5,500 residents joined terrorist outfits from the region in 2015 alone.

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