Saudi Arabia has established an Ideological Warfare Center (IWC) to combat the narrative put forth by extremist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, and to combat extremism at its ideological roots.
The IWC is affiliated with the Saudi Ministry of Defense, run by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and officially aims to “confront the roots of extremism and promotes the true understanding of Islam.”
Saudi Arabia has long been a recipient of criticism that the Kingdom exports extremist ideology, but in the last 15 years, Saudi Arabia has worked in concert with international partners to close down terrorist financing loop holes, arrest and rehabilitate would-be extremists, and fight terrorism at home and abroad. Each step of the Kingdom’s efforts since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were chronicled in a detailed briefing distributed by the Saudi embassy in Washington.
The recently-launched IWC released a short video on Twitter describing its mission and goals.
— IWC KSA (@fekerksa_en) April 30, 2017
h/t Fahad Nazer on Twitter (@fanazer)