What is Saudis’ Role in Iraq?

July 17, 2007 § 1 Comment

Here is a story from the L.A. Times attempting to “outline” Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the Iraq work. Essentially, what they are asking is are they with us or against us as Times staff writer Ned Parkers claims,

“Fighters from Saudi Arabia are thought to have carried out more suicide bombings than those of any other nationality, said the senior U.S. officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the subject’s sensitivity. It is apparently the first time a U.S. official has given such a breakdown on the role played by Saudi nationals in Iraq’s Sunni Arab insurgency.” (N. Parker, L.A. Times)

The Saudi Government knows of the problem, but suggests that it is doing all it can to prevent them. Gen. Mansour Turki, a Saudi spokesmen for the Interior Ministry says,

“Saudis are actually being misused. Someone is helping them come to Iraq. Someone is helping them inside Iraq. Someone is recruiting them to be suicide bombers. We have no idea who these people are. We aren’t getting any formal information from the Iraqi government,”

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, it appears that another manhunt is upon us.

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§ One Response to What is Saudis’ Role in Iraq?

  • Paul says:

    Hi Hakim –

    I came across your blog some months ago, and drop by for a read once in a while. I first became interested in Islam (though I’m not a believer) when I Malcolm X came to my attention. I am now studying International Relations, and am writing my thesis on political Islam. I will undertake a case-study of Saudi Arabia in one of my chapters. Your post on the Saudis reflects the fact that like any society, Saudi Arabia is diverse. Despite the perception, Islam (and Islamism) in Saudi Arabia takes many forms, and could even be regarded as pluralist. That is not to say that some forms are not repressive, of course.

    I like your analysis of Islam and politics. I note your blog post regarding women converting to Islam in the West (although I haven’t had a chance to read it in detail yet ). Muslim women also tend to be among the most likely to support Islamist movements in societies in the Middle East and North Africa. Part of the reason is that Islamist movements often provide social supports for those who don’t benefit from domestic economic processes, and women are usually one of the most vulnerable people in any society.

    I’d be interested in your take on my posts on Hamas or Fred Halliday on my own blogs if you had a minute. But in any case, keep up the good work.

    As Salaam Alaikum…

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