Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman arrives to attend the first meeting of the defense ministers of the 41-member Saudi-led Muslim counter-terrorism alliance in the capital Riyadh on November 26, 2017. AFP / Fayez Nureldine
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Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince vowed to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth" as officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counterterrorism alliance.The summit is the first meeting of defense ministers and other senior officials from the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, which officially counts 41 countries and identifies as a "pan-Islamic unified front" against violent extremism.The meeting also came as several military coalitions, with backers including both Iran and key Saudi ally the United States, battle to push Daesh (ISIS) from its last remaining bastions in Iraq and Syria.While the alliance officially includes Qatar, which is the target of a six-month boycott led by Saudi Arabia, organizers in Riyadh said no Qatari officials were at the meeting.
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