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Saudi regime at war with itself: Analyst

This grab shows political analyst Saeed Shahabi talking to Press TV on July 27, 2017.

Saudi Arabia's frustration at its failures despite engagement in numerous campaigns of aggression inside and outside the kingdom has put the regime in a state of instability, a London-based political analyst says.

The Saudi regime’s recent escalation of crackdown on Shia-populated areas such as the Eastern Province is rooted in its failures in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria as well as its diplomatic crisis with Qatar in order "to create a symbolic victory in fighting terrorism," Saeed Shahabi told Press TV on Thursday.

The crackdown is bearing witness to the fact that Saudi rulers are "losing the moral, ideological and political battle inside their own country as they kill their own people, creating more issues in terms of internal stability required for the regime to function," he added. 

The analyst said the Saudi regime is at war with itself, citing the ongoing power grab in the country. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is likely to succeed his father soon in the next few months, is not liked by his own clan "because he has made a coup against his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef," Shahabi said. 

"So inside the ruling clan there is a lot of infighting. Now when a regime is not stable within its own ranks and fights its own people in Eastern Province, … then it is not at ease and peace with Oman, Qatar" and others countries, he added. 

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