Saudi King slams terrorism in region
“The Kingdom … rejects terrorism in all its forms and manifestations…,” said King Abdullah in a speech marking the advent of holy fasting month of Ramadan.
King Abdullah said the terrorists are seeking to sow discord among Muslims. He was apparently referring to militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have killed a large number of people in Iraq and Syria.
However, reports say Saudi Arabia is the main supplier of weapons and military intelligence to the so-called ISIL.
Violence in Iraq escalated after the ISIL militants took control of Mosul, in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.
The ISIL has vowed to continue its raid towards the capital. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants in different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas.
Maliki has said Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism.
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