As President Obama hemmed and hawed in his White House briefing Thursday to conceal the Saudi role in the terrorist mayhem in Iraq and laid the blame on the Iraqi leaders urging them to “rise above their differences,” the fact remains that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is an anti-Iran terrorist group created, protected, and run from Riyadh. They are the foot-soldiers of Saudi Arabia’s undeclared war against Iran.
According to an article for the Daily Telegraph, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, Saudi Ambassador to Britain, said the turmoil affecting Saudi Arabia’s neighbor should be sorted out between Iraqis alone, describing it as a product of the sectarian divisions in Iraq. As Washington considers an Iraqi request to undertake air strikes against ISIS, which has seized a swathe of the north, including Mosul, the second city, Prince Mohammed’s article signaled that Saudi Arabia was implacably opposed to any new military intervention, and warned the U.S. and Britain to stay out.
At Jeddah, following the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference today, Saudi Prince Saud Al-Faisal, responded to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s charge that Riyadh is behind the ISIS, sarcastically inquiring “How could you alter the fact that Saudi Arabia, which itself was subject to terrorist attacks in the past, has most recently denounced terror acts, fought fierce battles in the past against terrorism, and still combatting the international phenomenon, and you would like to tell the world something else: That Saudi Arabia supports terrorism?” Indeed, Saudi Arabia does what Maliki alleged, and the following reason is why Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal had to deny the Saudi involvement in public.
According to the mainstream media and Western governments, the leader of ISIS is one Abdullah al-Rashid al-Baghdadi, the alleged creator of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQIM). In a 2007 article published by Reuters entitled “Senior Qaeda Figure In Iraq a Myth: U.S. Military,” Dean Yates wrote that a senior al-Qaeda operative informed U.S. military interrogators that the ISIS was nothing more than a front for another organization and that its leader, Abdullah al-Rashid al-Baghdadi was himself a fictional person.
In fact, the commander of ISIS is none other than Saudi Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal, the brother of Prince Saud al-Faisal and Prince Turki al-Faisal. Of course, information regarding Abdul Rahman al-Faisal’s control over ISIS has been known for some time, yet the Western media have conveniently neglected to report on it.
In January 2014 Al-Arabiya, a Saudi-owned and -operated news agency, had published an article as well as a video of an interrogation of an ISIS fighter who had been captured while operating inside Syria. When asked why ISIS was following the movement of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and who had given him the orders to do so, the fighter stated that he did not know why he was ordered to monitor the FSA’s movement, but that the orders had come from Abu Faisal, also known as Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal of the Saudi Royal Family.
An excerpt from the relevant section of the interrogation reads:
Interrogator: Why do you (ISIS) monitor the movement of the Free Syrian Army?
ISIS Detainee: I don’t know exactly why but we received orders from ISIS command.
Interrogator: Who among ISIS gave the orders?
ISIS Detainee: Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal, who is also known as Abu Faisal.