Terror groups utilized COVID-19 to spread ideology, false rhetoric: Saudi’s Etidal

Terror groups utilized COVID-19 to spread ideology, false rhetoric: Saudi’s Etidal

Terrorist organizations took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to spread ideology and false rhetoric to undermine the seriousness of global outbreak, according to a senior official at Saudi Arabia’s Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (Etidal).

Mansour al-Shammari, Secretary-General of Etidal, said that extremism and terrorism are the main enemy of the development and stability of all global societies and said countries must work to protect citizens from being exposed to ideology, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.

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Speaking during a joint press conference held with the Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism center (UNCCT) Dr Jehangir Khan, referred to the remarkable UN and international efforts in combating violent extremism and terrorism, al-Shammari stressed Etidal’s keenness to exchange expertise in a way that serves joint goals and strategies between the two centers.

He said that Etidal works to expose the methods of extremist organizations in targeting young members of society by educating people about terrorist groups and warning them against the threats of ideology.

He added: We at Etidal are fully aware of the dangers of this ideology and its organizations that utilize all possible means to spread it,