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Saudi king warns West will be jihadists' next target

AFP , Saturday 30 Aug 2014
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Saudi King Abdullah Bin AbdulAziz. (AP)
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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.

"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

"Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has prompted widespread concern as it advances in both Syria and Iraq, killing hundreds of people, including in gruesome beheadings and mass executions.

Lack of action would be "unacceptable" in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.

"You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street," he said, condemning the "cruelty" of such acts.

"It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: 'Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed'."

President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether the United States should launch raids against positions held by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria to follow US air strikes on IS activities in Iraq.

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for a global coalition to combat Islamic State fighters' "genocidal agenda".

Writing in the New York Times, Kerry said he and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet European counterparts on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales next week, to enlist assistance.

They will then travel on to the Middle East to build support "among the countries that are most directly threatened".

"With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries," Kerry said in Friday's op-ed piece.

Asharq Al-Awsat said the king urged other countries to join the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, set up in 2011 to respond to new threats, and to which Saudi Arabia has made a grant of $100 million.

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Khan
31-08-2014 11:52am
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What about isrel?
Why king did not urges to Europe about isreal?why king worry about Europe?king know muslims umma reject king because of his polices....he worshiping west he worry about west not worry about muslim umma
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Zazan
31-08-2014 08:58am
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Lol lol
King of saudi a worker of west not only worker but silave of usa .no power in his speech no value ha ha ha
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Patrick Cowan
30-08-2014 08:42pm
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Warning of Jidadists targeting the West
The IS rampage is merely the latest in a series of violent movements that were predetermined by historical events such as the Sykes-Picot agreement and the creation of the State of Israel. History also should tell us that military suppression never succeeds, in fact it only inflames the embers of anger among the suppressed. King Abdullah’s warning is no doubt accurate about the arrival of jihadists in the West. However, trying to destroy the jihadists will only make the outcome more terrible. What the West needs to do, collectively and as individual states, is to acknowledge its century-long manipulation of the Middle East for its own geopolitical and commercial purposes, and to begin a process of reconciliation. This is not a simple endeavour (for example, the complicity of Arab states must also be acknowledged), and the political will may not exist for it. But by not doing so, Western nations are signing the future death warrants of millions of their own citizens.
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medo
30-08-2014 06:21pm
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Time for a change in thinking...
They will never have a chance in the west and they know it. They will be squashed like the bugs that they are... however, us "Regular Muslims" are the ones that will pay as people in the west have no strong images of "Positive role models" from the Muslim community, when a person in the west picks up a newspaper, they don't read "Muslim doctor saves the lives of many" They instead read "Muslim terrorists slaughter 300 more" Yes these people need to be stopped, but they are running around the middle east because they are allowed to... You can be sure that when they set foot and start their rubbish in the UK and USA, THEY WILL GET THE PUNISHMENT THEY DESERVE. However, these countries are now becoming very "Islamic-phobic" and who can blame them?? We need to start seeing more Muslims that are making a positive change in the world, not just a negative one in the name of a religion that they clearly don't understand. I also agree with earlier comments, when will the worlds top Muslim clerics and scholars stand up and say that these people are not Muslims and nothing they do is Islamic?? What are they afraid of??
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Sam Enslow
30-08-2014 04:19pm
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After they take Mecca
Saudi Arabia fears this threat that stems from their lands. What happened to the billions the Suadis paid for arms? Let them for once put Saudi troops in harms way The US will act when it please and feels threatened - not for Suadi baksheesh.
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Masry
30-08-2014 06:15pm
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Ignorant comment
Sam that is a very uninformed comment. Isis is a cancer that threatens everybody. Religious extremism is a cancer. The US should act and support the fight against IS particularly since it was the Americas unjustified war against Iraq that created isis. The bush administration was manipulated into the war against Iraq by the religious extremist state of Isreal an actual state that also murders in the name of religion . Perhaps not as blatantly hidden under the guise of self defense and with masterful PR and propaganda but the same results murder of non Jews living in the god given Jewish land.
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Kariman Aly, Helwan
30-08-2014 04:08pm
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We Need Fatwa
Our supreme religious leaders should label those terrorist acts as non-Islamic and ask public to rise in defense of merciful Islam. It is the duty of each Muslim to fight back. We need media blitz to expose those criminal fanatics; modern day Khawarej.
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Aladdin, Egypt
30-08-2014 03:51pm
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Defending Islam
It the duty of every Muslim to defend Islam (Jihad El-Nafs) from those terrorists who are trying to hijack it. As starter, let us call them the Terrorist State and mobilize our effort to expose their criminal ideology. Remember Khawarej and how they ended y main stream Muslims. It is the Great Thrift of Islam and we have to united in defending it. Allah Akber.
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alatif
30-08-2014 02:36pm
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King Abdullah of Saudi
ISLAM WAS BORN IN SAUDI ARABIA....King Abdullah should be accountable.. We.Moderately educated Muslim around the world,who live in 21st Century urge King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia strongly to denounce the primitive and sadistic punishment...and also We urge Saudi Arabia, and Gulf States strongly to join USA to combat and punish the IS,Al Qaida, Taliban, Al shahab etc. If you are really against terrorist Muslim....we need your quick action, ISIL and Al Qaida are the supremacy Muslim like the supremacy Nazi and Stalin. They are very dangerous and will bring disaster and misery for people. Those who love to live in peace and harmony have to stand together against the extremist Extremist Muslim do not have --love--compassion--tolerance--compassion,in their heart. They are drunk with religion and kill innocent people,children and women. They started to kill innocent people at 11/9,3000 people killed. Everyday they kill people from Nigeria to Pakistan. With all my love
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