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The Arab League

Arab LeagueLocation: Cairo, Egypt

Website: http://www.lasportal.org/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Type: International

The Arab League consistently endorses or joins universal conventions on terrorism. The League has been key in promoting cooperation between states and seeking to bridge divides.

The Arab League has recently advocated for the adoption of comprehensive and coordinated tactics at both national and regional levels to combat terrorism.

The Arab League often generates reports and recommendations on the terrorim challenges faced by its members. They aid in combatting the use of IEDs through legislation to criminalize terrorism and money laundering. The league targets the underlying causes behind extremism and underlines the importance of international engagement to provide things such as intelligence and legal assistance.

As of this year the League announced, alongside India, that they will combat IEDs by developing new strategies to eliminate the sources of terrorism and its funding.

In response to the increasing terrorist activity being seen in many of the member states the League intend to create a joint military force that could combat insurgencies in the region.

Member states of the Arab League include Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

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.