Riyadh, Doha wreaking havoc on Iraq after Syria failure: Analyst
Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:47PM
Earlier this month, former US Ambassador to Baghdad Christopher Hill said Saudi Arabia is sponsoring violence in Iraq and represents the biggest challenge to the Iraqi government."A political commentator says Saudi Arabia and Qatar are wreaking ‘all-out havoc’ on Iraq to ‘save’ themselves from their failures in Syria, Press TV reports. In a Thursday interview with Press TV, Hussein Dabsh, an Iraq affairs expert, said Riyadh and Doha are “supporting the same types of militant groups with the same types of ideologies” both in Iraq and Syria.
According to the analyst, such countries are attempting to destabilize Iraq “because their venture in Syria is not going the way they like.”Dabsh further stressed, “Many of these neighboring countries, such as Saudi Arabia are actually, sponsoring the terrorism in Iraq.” The Iraqi government has said on numerous occasions that Saudi Arabia, along with other countries, is providing huge financial support to the terrorists and militants operating inside the violence-hit country, Dabsh recalled. Earlier this month, former US Ambassador to Baghdad Christopher Hill said Saudi Arabia is sponsoring violence in Iraq and represents the biggest challenge to the Iraqi government. Iraq has seen a surge in violence since the beginning of this year. The United Nations said on August 1 that a total of 1,057 Iraqis were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in the month of July, making it the country's deadliest month since 2008. More than 4,000 people have died in terrorist attacks in Iraq so far in 2013, with Baghdad Province being the worst hit. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that Baghdad will continue fighting the violence across the country, stressing, “We won't stop until we protect our people from all the means used for killing, crime and terrorism.” MKA/SS/HMV