After al-Qaeda, ISIS wants more bloodshed in Saudi Arabia

Saudis carry the coffin of a boy during a mass funeral for victims of a suicide attack on a mosque, in Qatif, east Saudi Arabia, May 25, 2015. (Reuters)

After a three-year insurgency fight by al-Qaeda inside the kingdom, a new wave of terrorism is moving towards Saudi Arabia in the shape of the self-claimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Almost a year ago, a 17-minute audio message purportedly read by ISIS’ self-proclaimed leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared Saudi Arabia a key target of the organization.

The group said it had its eyes set on the land of the “Two Holy Mosques” and the world's largest oil producer and exporter.

According to a new report aired on Al Arabiya News Channel, ISIS insists on destabilizing the kingdom and targeting its citizens, just like its predecessor al-Qaeda.

 

It employs al-Qaeda’s tools but in a much more advanced and sophisticated way, the report suggested.

Last month, ISIS claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings on Shiite mosques eastern Saudi Arabia, killing at least 25 people.

The report addressed how spilling blood and killing innocent people was a common factor between ISIS and al-Qaeda.

It described the two groups as ‘two faces of the same coin,’ as they both follow and adopt an extremist  ideology that continues to sow intolerance.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46
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