Biting the hand that feeds them

For years the Saudis have been funding terror organisations, including Daesh.

Now they have bitten the hand that feeds them.

An improvised explosive device planted next to a police station south of the Saudi capital Riyadh killed one person, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement carried on state news agency SPA.

The ministry said at least three police cars were damaged in the explosion at a parking lot on Saturday night (local time) that killed an expatriate man, but gave no further details on who was behind the attack.  

An Islamic State affiliate, calling itself the Nejd Province branch of the organisation, claimed responsibility for the blast, which took place in al-Dilam, a small city located about 100 km (62 miles) south of Riyadh.

The group said in a statement it had set off two explosive devices in front of the police station and caused damage to vehicles, but did not specify casualties.

Saudi Arabia has been hit by a spate of deadly shootings and bomb attacks since last year, many of them laid at the door of Islamic State.

The group is bitterly opposed to Gulf Arab rulers and is seen as trying to stir up sectarian confrontation on the Arabian peninsula to bring about the overthrow of the ruling dynasties.

You reap what you sow, and Saudi Arabia has been sowing the seeds of terrorism for decades.


– Fairfax


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  • shykiwibloke

    From what I have read, it will get much much worse for the Saui’s when the funding eventually dries up. Bit like the way totalitarian states implode when fear no longer holds the populace in check.

    • Isherman

      It could get worse well before that. The Saudi ruling family are already despised by the Shia minority who are somewhere between 5-15% of the population, particularly after the execution of the Shia cleric Nimr, but also because they have long been marginalised by the Sunni ruling family. Also, Waliyat Najd (the group referred to in the article) have carried out attacks against Shia targets in Saudi since July last year, including Shia mosques, and its entirely possible that the Iranians will in turn fund a Shia insurgency to counter both, because the Iranians will be keen to bloody Saudi’s nose for their involvement in leading operations against the Iranian backed Houthi’s in Yemen. This could potentially get just as messy as it is in Syria if the Shia decide to go all out in response.

      • phronesis

        I wouldn’t care if the whole lot of them cut each others heads off but just imagine how many more “refugees” this will create who will have no where else to go but christian europe.

      • Ruahine

        If this does happen I suppose the usual mob will be screaming that we must take more “refugees’

  • Tiger

    As far as I am concerned the Saudi’s are the elephant in the room. When tracking down baddies from Al Capone to IRA the rule has been “follow the money”. How can the UN / EU continue to work with and pander to the Saudi’s when they are funding the demise of western societies? Take Mosques down under as an example, where do they get their funding from? Who pays for the recently immigrated imams who spout this sort of nonsense –
    At some point it must lead to the Saudi’s (rapidly diminishing) money pot, surely?

    • Jman

      Rapidly diminishing? Hardly. All they need to do to get more is just let the oil wells dip up and down a few times and hey presto, more money.

      • cows4me

        Not at all. They had the world by the throat when oil was $100+, they aren’t laughing now. When you pay your people to live the good life and the money dries up there is going to be trouble.

        • waldopepper

          yes, i have friends over there who are now planning on coming home for exactly that reason. the money is drying up and the end is now in sight. too much cheap oil sloshing around the caspian and elsewhere. saudi arabia is quickly becoming the fonterra of the arab world.

          • Chris Fleming

            At last their major export with woven carpets,

      • Tiger

        Due to the Saudi’s welfare state requiring USD100 per barrel to break even, at USD40 for the foreseeable future they are bleeding their substantial foreign reserves (at one point up to USD750 billion).