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U.S., Europe next on Islamic State's list to attack, Saudi king warns

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/31/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

'Terrorism knows no border'

As the world grows more appalled by the day about the inhumanities conducted by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah warns that the west is not immune. A staunch ally of both the U.S. and its allies, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud says that the Islamic State now has them in their crosshairs - and it may be sooner than they think when they will strike.

'Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,' the king said. Speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, his audience included a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

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

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
8/31/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia, Islamic State, John Kerry, U.S., Europe


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - King Abdullah says that the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq will soon expand their reign of terror, 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 Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

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

The Islamic State, or IS jihadist group has prompted international concern as it tears through both Syria and Iraq. Thousands of people have been slain 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.'"

In the meantime, President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether the U.S. should launch raids against positions held by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria to follow U.S. air strikes on IS activities in Iraq.

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

Kerry, writing in the New York Times said that 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 his op-ed piece.

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