KSA seeks to dismantle Iraq’s political process: Analyst

KSA seeks to dismantle Iraq’s political process: Analyst

Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:30PM GMT
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/17/367395/ksa-seeks-to-disrupt-iraq-democracy/

Saudi Arabia is making its utmost efforts to cause instability in Iraq and dismantle the country’s political process, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“The Saudis have been trying their absolute best…to derail, discredit and destabilize Iraq with the ultimate goal of dismantling the political process in Iraq,” Zayd al-Isa, Middle East expert, said in an interview with Press TV.

He added that Saudi Arabia had shifted its emphasis from Iraq to Syria over the past three years believing that if it managed to topple the Syria government, it would deal a “devastating and a severe” blow to Iraq and…easily topple the Iraqi government.

“When they [Saudis] actually spectacularly failed and their policies in Syria spectacularly backfired with the major achievements by the Syrian government, they actually shifted their emphasis back to Iraq widening their strategy to actually deliberately acting…to weaken and destabilize Iraq,” the commentator pointed out.

He emphasized that Saudis have announced that they are ratcheting up their anti-terror legislation in a ploy to distance themselves from main perpetrators behind arming and funding the mercenaries converging on Iraq and Syria with the purpose of pretending that Riyadh has been also a victim.

“That is a ploy that has been coordinated between the US and Saudi Arabia where the US has been hugely imbalanced by the international outcry, by the uproar in the international community even from Russia, from Lebanon and Syria and all the fingers being pointed at Saudi Arabia,” al-Isa said.

On June 10, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes since that time.

The Iraqi premier has blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism.

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