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Mohammed bin Naif Counselling and Care Center

Location: Saudi Arabia

Type: Civil society

The Mohammed bin Naif Counselling and Care Center (MNCC) is considered a rehabilitation institution for youth that have a belief in Islamic extremism. It aims to deliver though ‘scientific and practical correction’, a change in behaviour.

It encourages moderate Islam and national loyalty. Between 2007 and 2015 the MNCC has seen 3071 beneficiaries – some from Guantanamo. The center uses religion, psychology and sociology to try and rehabilitate militants and reintegrate them into society if they are deemed able to do so.

The MNCC has been referred to as the ‘center-piece of Saudi Arabia’s counter-terrorism strategy’. Most of the militants at the MNCC were those responsible for al Qaeda bombings between 2003 and 2006 that were being held in Saudi prisons. Of the 3,000 treated, only 13% are said to have returned to militancy, and half of these have been arrested.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.