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The myth of Saudi support for terrorism
Saudi Arabia has created one of the largest counter-terrorism programs in the world


Saudi Handgun Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

By Nawaf Obaid - - Thursday, July 21, 2016
ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Last Friday, the infamous “28 pages” from the 2002 Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks were declassified. For years, this final section of the report was kept from the public, which led some to believe that it contained evidence that the Saudi Arabian government was behind the attacks, either indirectly by financing al Qaeda or directly by providing support to the actual terrorists on the planes. Now that the pages have been released, the truth is out, and in the words of the 9/11 Commission: “[there is] no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded [al Qaeda].”

Still, some American pundits may continue to link Saudi Arabia and 9/11 in their minds, perhaps because 15 of the 19 terrorists came from the kingdom. However, in order to understand why Saudi Arabia has always been heavily invested in the war on extremist Islamic terror, three perspectives are needed: religious, historical and martial.

From a religious perspective, al Qaeda, and the more recent ISIL, are sworn enemies of the Kingdom and its political and religious leadership. This is because both groups are ultimately looking to restore the caliphate (an Islamic empire led by a supreme leader), and with the Saudi kingdom the epicenter of Islam and the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina, the road to the caliphate lies through the kingdom and its monarchy. In fact, ISIL has even launched a campaign against Saudi Arabia, called qadimun, or “we are coming” to take over the country.

The historical perspective shows even more clearly how opposed these terrorist organizations are to Saudi Arabia and why seeking their extermination by any means necessary is a vital national security prerogative for the kingdom. Like several other nations, Saudi Arabia has been a constant victim of radical Islam’s depraved ideology.
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