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In December 2015, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the formation of an Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) to form a unified pan-Islamic front against terrorism.

Chiefs of Staff from Islamic countries met in Riyadh in March 2016, and affirmed “their determination to intensify efforts in fighting terrorism through joint work according to their capabilities, based on the desire of each member country to participate in operations or programs within the IMCTC framework as per its policies and procedures, and without compromising the sovereignty of the Coalition member countries.”

They also expressed the importance of activating the launch of the IMCTC, during an upcoming meeting of the Ministers of Defense of Coalition Member Countries.


Allow member countries of this strategic Coalition, with the support of peace-loving friendly nations and international organizations, to coordinate and unite their efforts in the ideology, communications, counter terrorism financing, and military domains, in order to fight all forms of terrorism and extremism and to effectively join other international security and peacekeeping efforts. 

IMCTC Strategic Objectives:

  • Strengthen the contribution of Islamic countries towards global security and peace, and complementing international counter terrorism efforts. 
  • Reinforce solidarity and collaboration among coalition member countries to present a unified front against terrorist organizations and their attempts to destabilize security and distort the image of Islam and Muslims.
  • Counter radical ideology in Coalition member countries through strategic communication campaigns to refute the radical and extremist narratives and propaganda.
  • Reaffirm the moderate values of Islam and its principles of peace, tolerance and compassion.
  • Combat terrorism financing in collaboration with Coalition member countries and international CTF authorities, to promote compliance with international agreements and advance legal, regulatory, and operational frameworks.
  • Establish strategic partnerships between member countries, supporting nations and international organizations to share counter terrorism information and expertise.

Terrorism nowadays is considered a critical issue that receives considerable attention in many countries worldwide and causes all human communities to suffer alike.

Our Islamic world is regarded as the first and highly affected victim of terrorism as many Islamic nations languish in this global epidemic, suffering from its scourges and tragedies. This harsh reality requires that Islamic countries play a more effective role to combat this issue. This must be done by working hard, collectively, and in an organized manner. 

In response to these significant challenges, the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) was established to form a genuine active coalition of 41  member countries. The objective behind establishing IMCTC is to rally countries and present a pan-Islamic, unified front to counter the ever-evolving threats of violent extremist organizations within the Coalition and elsewhere. In cooperation and by supporting nations and international organizations, IMCTC seeks to bring peace to affected regions and promote stability and prosperity to the Islamic world as well as the entire world.

As an official platform for open and transparent cooperation, the IMCTC  is a coalition of willing countries that brings together those who look forward to participating in an active effort to combat terrorism. Furthermore, the IMCTC actively seeks to collaborate with international’s organization’s efforts in countering terrorism.

The Coalition's headquarters, the Counter Terrorism Center (CTC), based in Riyadh, is working to lay down the key elements of the organized action to unify and coordinate counter terrorism efforts and capabilities. This will involve launching various fundamental initiatives to advance future activities across four domains of countering terrorism: Ideology, Communications, Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF), and Military.

These four domains are taken as the general scope within which the Coalition will achieve its goals in the war against terrorism, counter various terrorist and violent extremist ideologies and launch awareness efforts to promote a consistent message that reaffirms the principles of tolerance. It will also establish strategic regional and international partnerships to strengthen collaboration, and achieve inclusive efficiency in countering terrorism efforts in the CTF and military domains. 

Indeed, the war against terrorism requires collective, integrated efforts and consistent work on different levels to undermine future terrorist threats and limit their impact. IMCTC seeks to achieve its strategic vision by working collaboratively alongside member countries, supporting nations and partners in the present and the future.

Recognize the pan-Islamic legitimacy of the coalition that has the respect and support of the international community
Enable culturally appropriate regional and local solutions to counter terrorism
Partner with external CT organizations and friendly countries to increase impact
Facilitate the contribution of member countries to funding of initiatives, based on their means
Operate in a streamlined fashion, with the ability to make timely and quick decisions
Common Purpose
Align on the Coalition mandate and its strategic objectives
Recognize and protect the sovereignty of member nations while guarding their national interests and sensitive information
Work together to reach a common purpose deriving joint benefits
Engage Member nations in the Coalition’s planning and decision-making process
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