Riyadh Hostage to Its Own Policy in the Region

Riyadh Hostage to Its Own Policy in the Region
Sat Dec 19, 2015 14:54:15

The country has found itself in a very difficult position: it has already been drawn into a number of regional conflicts, including in Syria, Yemen and Libya, and now is also being pressured by internal problems, according to Anthony Samrani, an observer from the Lebanese daily L'Orient-Le Jour.

Apart from the complications and weakening of its positions in Syria and Libya, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now being pressured by its own internal problems, Samrani’s writes in his article.

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

The regional crises particularly highlighted the divisions between two of the country's prominent statesmen of the kingdom: Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince of the country.

Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud


Daesh terrorists

The kingdom is also being destabilized by threats from the terrorist groups, whose rhetoric has already attracted a large number of followers.

According to data recently released by the analytical center Soufan Group, 2,500 Saudis have joined the ranks of Daesh (also known as ISIL/ISIS), making the country the second largest contributor to the terrorist groups.

Due to international and regional pressure and internal destabilization, Saudi Arabia finds itself in a somewhat paradoxical position: on the one hand, it is being criticized for favoring Daesh and for propagating the Wahhabi ideology in the region, and at the same time these very terrorist groups, which it is accused of supporting, threaten the country directly.

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In this dual situation, the kingdom makes a decision to create an “Islamic coalition against terrorism”, which will include 34 countries. The coalition which Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi call it a “Paper Coalition”

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Thus Riyadh wants to demonstrate that it is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism. However the author wonders which country will decide which group is a terrorist, taking into account that in its statement, released on Tuesday, Riyadh did not explicitly mention Daesh.

Nusra Front

The author offers Egypt, as an example: the country is a member of the coalition, it regards all groups connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, as terrorists. Qatar, on the other hand, does not classify al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda affiliate in the region, as the one. Saudi Arabia itself regards Iran and its allies as number one enemy.

According to Russian “Sputnik News”, another unclear issue is where specifically this coalition will be able to intervene. Any military operation in Syria and Iraq would strengthen the positions of Damascus and Baghdad, which are the allies of Iran.

Also according to yesterday comments of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi which said: “We demanded these countries to help Iraq since a year and a half and there was not any help.”And it show the unwillingness of many countries which named in this coalition to take military action against terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

On Thursday Lebanon's strong Hezbollah movement denounced this week's announcement of a new Saudi-led "Islamic military alliance" and the Lebanese prime minister's decision to join it. The Shiite militant group also accused the Sunni kingdom of practicing "state terrorism" and spreading extremist ideology.

Saudi Arabia this week announced its new alliance of 34 nations. It’s a formation, Saudi leaders say, with one purpose: fighting terrorists “whatever their doctrine.” But that’s just the spin. In reality, this Sunni alliance isn’t designed to defeat ISIS, and based on Saudi Arabia’s history of using terrorist groups — including al-Qaeda — as proxies, this announcement is troubling.

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