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Fight against violent extremism a ‘war of ideas’, says Muslim World League chief

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JEDDAH: Winning the war of ideas is as important as military confrontation in overcoming violent extremism worldwide, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Mohammed Al-Issa, told a group of leading US defense analysts in a special address. Al-Issa, who is also chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars, was invited by the US Defense Department’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) to deliver a lecture to senior executives on extremist organizations and their use of targeted messages via online platforms. Al-Issa said that extremist ideology threatened communal harmony in countries of religious, ethnic and cultural diversity and hindered cooperation between nations.

(Extracted from arabnews.com)