Saudi Arabia next ISIS target if Syria falls: Russia


MOSCOW: A senior Russian official Thursday warned that Saudi Arabia will be the next target of the ISIS terror group if Syria falls into the hands of the extremist militants.

“I believe that countries of this region – Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf states and maybe others should pray for [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad. This is the last frontier of their security,” Russian Deputy Security Council chief Yevgeny Lukyanov said.

He added that if the government of President Assad falls, then the ISIS’s next target will be Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states.

Some 5,000 Saudi nationals have joined the ranks of the ISIS, Lukyanov said, waning, “When the active phase of confrontation ends there, where will they go? They will come back [home]. What can they do? They can only kill people.”

He further said that no country in the world can be immune to acts of terrorism.

Back in May, ISIS claimed responsibility for deadly bombing attacks targeting two Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia’s Shia-majority Eastern Province.

Saudi security forces and forensic personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack that targeted a mosque in the Saudi city of Dammam, May 29, 2015. (© AFP)

ISIS or Daish, which is widely believed to be receiving support from certain regional countries, including Saudi Arabia itself, has called for more attacks against Saudi Shias through one of its groups inside the Saudi kingdom.

ISIS is largely influenced by the radical ideology dominating Saudi Arabia and freely preached by Saudi scholars.

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