Senior Saudi ISIL Commander Killed in Iraq

News Brief — June 20, 2014

According to Joel C. Rosenbburg: most of the top Jordanian officials I spoke with recently warned of an “explosion” of Radical Islamic extremism and foreign jihadist fighters coming out of Syria that could threaten other nations in the region. Were they secretly instructed by U.S. trainers and are they now in Iraq? Click to enlarge

According to Joel C. Rosenbburg: most of the top Jordanian officials I spoke with recently warned of an “explosion” of Radical Islamic extremism and foreign jihadist fighters coming out of Syria that could threaten other nations in the region. Were they secretly instructed by U.S. trainers and are they now in Iraq? Click to enlarge

Iraqi forces have killed a top Sunni militant commander in the north of the country as they continue to push back the militants who have swept across the country.
Press TV reports that Saudi national Abu Khabib al-Jazaeeri, was killed on Thursday during the clashes in Baiji, north of Tikrit.
His death comes days after two other Saudi nationals were killed in clashes with Iraqi forces in the holy city of Samarra.
The terrorists were brothers named Yahya and Ebrahim from Saudi Arabia, according to the Arabic language daily Sabq.
Their father told the Saudi newspaper that his sons had gone to Syria to fight against the government of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before moving onto Iraq.
Although the government of Saudi Arabia has officially tried to distance itself from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, the slaying of al-Jazaeeri is the latest in a string of incidents linking the Sunni militants to Saudi Arabia.
Apart from allegations that the ISIL has been the recipient of Saudi aid and finance, the al-Qaeda linked group has also reportedly been on a recruitment drive in the Saudi capitol, Riyadh.
The Saudis have long been at odds with Iraq’s Shia dominated government of Prime Minister al-Maliki. The alleged Saudi backing for Sunni extremists in Syria and Iraq is seen as an attempt to counter growing influence of arch-rival Iran in the region.
In addition to alleged Saudi backing for the ISIL, the government in Riyadh has also warned Iran against involvement in the conflict. The warning came after Iran declared that it would not hesitate to protect Shi’ite holy sites in Iraq from “killers and terrorists”.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has informed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Saudi Arabia must be accountable for the recent upsurge in violence that has claimed thousands of lives in Iraq. For its part, Saudi Arabia has rejected the accusation as “ludicrous“.

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