Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

Riyadh - The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the US if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.

While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, King Abdullah's statement appeared aimed at drawing Washington and Nato forces into a wider fight against the Islamic State group and its supporters in the region.

Saudi Arabia openly backs rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, but is concerned that the breakaway al-Qaeda group could also turn those very same weapons on the kingdom.

"I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America," he said at a reception for foreign ambassadors Friday.

Official Saudi media carried the king's comments on Saturday.

No humanity

"These terrorists do not know the name of humanity and you have witnessed them severing heads and giving them to children to walk with in the street," the king said, urging the ambassadors to relay his message directly to their heads of state.

The Islamic State group has been fighting moderate rebels, other extremists and Assad's forces in Syria for nearly three years. Iraq has faced an onslaught by the Sunni extremists and their supporters since early this year, and the country continues to be roiled by instability.

While providing arms and support to Sunni militants in Syria, Saudi Arabia has denied directly funding or backing the Islamic State group.

British officials raised the country's terror threat level Friday to "severe," its second-highest level, because of developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent. The White House has said it does not expect the US to bump up its terrorism threat warning level.

Saudi Arabia, a major US ally in the region, has taken an increasingly active role in criticising the Islamic State group. Earlier this month, the country's top cleric described the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda as Islam's No. 1 enemy and said that Muslims have been their first victims. State-backed Saudi clerics who once openly called on citizens to fight in Syria can now face steep punishment and the kingdom has threatened to imprison its citizens who fight in Syria and Iraq.


A decade ago, al-Qaeda militants launched a string of attacks in the kingdom aimed at toppling the monarchy. Saudi officials responded with a massive crackdown that saw many flee to neighbouring Yemen. In the time since, the kingdom has not seen any massive attacks, though it has imprisoned suspected militants and sentenced others to death.

Meanwhile on Saturday, police in Iraq said a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into an army checkpoint in the town of Youssifiyah, killing 11 people, including four soldiers, and wounding at least 24 people. Youssifiyah is 20km south of Baghdad.

Hours later, a roadside bomb targeting an army patrol killed two soldiers and wounded five in Latifiyah, a town 30km south of Baghdad.

- AP
Bennie Boekwurm 2014-08-31 02:43:37 AM
Something just stays fishy surrounding this whole ISIS thing. One has to know that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, UAE are all Sunni ruled countries. Why is ISIS also a Sunni muslim group opposed and fighting all other Shia ruled countries like Iraq, Iran, Syria? And are also reportedly $2bn strong? Is it not a coincidence that the US is allies with all Sunni muslim countries and is strongly opposed to Iran and Syria?? Whats up?
Bennie Boekwurm 2014-08-31 02:45:47 AM
Neliswa Mlondolozi 2014-08-31 04:03:12 AM
My freind is my enemy
Kiwi 2014-08-31 04:21:53 AM
Everything has a cause and effect, you just don't get a cause without its direct effect. Just like the Crusaders of old branded murderers by the Muslims who went on a reprisal attack, the effect, this after them extremists IS of old started this same ethnic cleansing.......... The cause is the Koran, get rid of this cancer which teaches intolerance, head severance, and great suffering of humankind.
Shireen Eva 2014-08-31 07:35:45 AM
So what exactly is this extremist groups end goal? Not sure of what they are trying to achieve? Anyone with insight into that?
Gerhard van Heerden 2014-08-31 07:42:13 AM
Faried Vallie, what is misguiding the fanatical people ?
Ame Ombre 2014-08-31 09:03:40 AM
Numerous Muslim terrorists propaganda publications state that Suadi Arabia is a despotic monarchy that is a lynchpin to the broader strategy of American imperialism in the Middle East, the monarchy plays a key role in the drone assassination programs and also the wars in Syria, etc...
Neliswa Mlondolozi 2014-08-31 09:18:33 AM
How does one bite the heard of a master.
jessop.sutton 2014-08-31 09:34:49 AM
At core HAMAS and Boko Haram are the same. Everyone, Wake up!
Neliswa Mlondolozi 2014-08-31 09:37:26 AM
We know that, so that it can bit usa.