Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Crime & Courts

Iraq's prime minister slams Saudi Arabia, Qatar for supporting terrorists

See also

Iraq's beleaguered prime minister on Saturday accused two Arab nations, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, of providing material support and weapons to terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and other insurgent groups, during an appearance on a TV news show in Europe.

In an interview with a French television station, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki accused the two oil-rich countries fighting a war on Iraq by proxy.

Both Qatar and Saudi Arabia are monarchies with large-numbered royal families.

Maliki also told the news anchor he believed the Saudi Arabian government is a major supporter of terrorist organizations throughout the world and the Saudis continue to export their brand of extremist Islam known as Wahhabism, according to an Examiner news story.

Iraq is currently experiencing a disturbing number of deadly and destructive terror attacks which is attributed to the malcontent Sunni Muslims who are a minority in the country. Maliki also blamed the civil war in Syria for the upswing in violence.

Maliki, a member of the majority Shiite Muslim sect, claims that radical groups connected with Saudi Arabia and Qatar are seeking to setup a caliphate in Iraq instead of a western-style democracy..

In 2013, Iraqis witnessed the highest number of deaths since the insurgency was on the decline in 2007, according to the United Nations. According to UN figures, the violence last year caused close to 9,000 deaths and tens of thousands of casualties.



  • Israel, Hamas clash in Gaza
    At least 550 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the third week of the war
  • Pro-Russia guards
    President Obama criticizes pro-Russian rebels for blocking off the MH17 crash site
    World News
  • National Guard at Texas border
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border
    US News
  • Unlikely Putin defender
    The unlikeliest US politician comes to the defense of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin
  • iPhone 6 coming soon
    Apple is gearing up for the iPhone 6, orders tens of millions of units
  • Gynecologist settlement
    Johns Hopkins agrees to $190M settlement for patients recorded by gynecologist
    Strange News

Related Videos:

  • Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517424011" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Islamic State Executes Prisoners
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518229143" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Cop Killer Lawrence Campbell
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518190729" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>