Saudi Arabia behind violence surge in Iraq: Analyst

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 25 October 2013

Untitled-1Saudi Arabia is behind the recent escalation of violence in Iraq as the regime is desperately seeking a sectarian war in certain regional Arab countries, a political analyst tells Press TV.

Middle East expert Zayd al-Isa said in an interview on Wednesday that “a dramatic surge in the deadly violence in

Iraq” was due to Saudi Arabia’s arming, funding, and supporting militants and extremists with the ultimate goal of touching off a sectarian war.

“The Saudi regime desperately needs to start off and trigger a sectarian war particularly in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon; and that is because its patently deceitful myths of defending and being the guardian of Sunni Islam have fallen apart” as a result of its leading role in countering revolutions in countries like Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia, the analyst added.

The commentator went on to say that Saudi Arabia was also seeking to destabilize Iraq as it considered Baghdad a supporter of the Syrian government.

“So, it has widened its strategy to engulf and encompass Iraq and to weaken the Iraqi government, believing that it is offering the backbone support to the Syrian government and that is why their strategy has now turned into that,” he said.

Iraq has been experiencing a surge of violence recently. On Wednesday, gunmen killed six people in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul. A roadside bomb explosion also killed at least three people in the Ghazaliyah area of the capital, Baghdad, and four people died in another bomb attack in Madain, south of the capital.

An Iraqi policeman lost his life in a bomb attack in Baquba, the capital of Diyala Province, on the same day.

According to figures compiled by the United Nations, a total of 1,057 people, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout Iraq in July - the deadliest month since 2008.

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