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UAE sets up US-backed ISIL counter-terrorism intelligence centre

Sawab Centre will use direct online engagement to counter the terrorist messaging that is used to recruit foreign fighters

UAE sets up US-backed ISIL counter-terrorism intelligence centre
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks after meeting with members of his national security team concerning ISIS at the Pentagon July 6, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. (Getty Images)

A new counter-terrorism centre based in Abu Dhabi will be launched by the anti-ISIL coalition on Wednesday.

Sawab Centre, the first international, online engagement and messaging operation in support of the Global Coalition to counter ISIL will be geared towards countering ISIL’s propaganda and its appeal to younger Arabs in the region.

The centre, named after the Arabic word for “the right and spiritual path”, will use direct online engagement to counter the terrorist messaging that is used to recruit foreign fighters, raise funds and terrorise local populations.

The US Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel has travelled to the UAE to launch the Sawab Centre, alongside UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash.