Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Global Impact: IS Death Threats Against Saudi Pilots Surface, Threats Avoidable

According to AFP, I have offered the link describing death threats to Saudi Arabian military pilots for a specific reason:

COMMENT: It is no surprise that Saudi pilots who participated in sorties against the Islamic State (IS) have been the recipients of death threats, considering that the Saudi Air Force made the tactical error of releasing a photo of the Saudi pilots to international media.

In one picture they stood, some smiling, in green flight suits with arms around each other in front of one of their fighter jets. The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) released photographs of eight airmen it said were involved in Tuesday's US-led operation, carried out with Gulf allies.

Dozens of Islamic State group (IS) and al-Qaeda militants were reportedly killed in the coalition air raids, sparking jihadist threats online where the Saudi pilots' photos reappeared.

One Twitter user said the pilots were "wanted by IS" while another said their throats "will sooner or later be slit".
The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Jordan also confirmed their participation. Washington said Qatar was also involved.
Saudi Arabia is dominated by the ultra-conservative Sunni doctrine of Wahabism.
The Kingdom's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh last month said al-Qaeda and IS "have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam."
The country is seeking to deter youths from becoming jihadists, but fighters from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Morocco make up the majority of about 12,000 foreign extremists who have travelled to Syria and Iraq, according to the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization.

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