ISIS has already begun its invasion of Egypt and Libya as Shoebat.com has reported. Its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is now calling for an invasion of Saudi Arabia. Yet, Turkey continues to do very little in the fight against ISIS.
The BBC reports:
In a 17-minute audio message, purportedly from its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group sets its sights firmly on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and the world’s largest oil producer and exporter.
The speaker does not refer to it as Saudi Arabia, since this is a name derived from the ruling tribe, the al-Saud, whose authority IS does not accept.
Instead he calls it “the land of Haramayn”, the land of the two holy places, meaning Mecca and Medina.
Reaching out to IS’s growing number of Saudi followers, he sets out a target list for attack, starting with the Shia who make up a minority of Saudi nationals, living mostly in the oil-rich Eastern Province, and whom hardline Salafi radicals view as heretics.
So deep are the sectarian divisions opened up in the Middle East by the insurgency in Iraq that many Saudis view IS not as a marauding band of terrorists but as brave defenders of Sunni Islam against the encroaching forces of Iran and its Shia allies.
While ISIS is a threat to the Shia population in Saudi Arabia, both Turkey and Iran must see an opportunity to weaken the House of Saud through ISIS. In the case of Turkey, Erdogan’s lot is increasingly with the Muslim Brotherhood. Together, those two entities seek the return of the Ottoman Caliphate; the Brotherhood has eyed the removal of the Saudis for decades. If it believes ISIS can aid in that effort, so be it.
The Brotherhood’s formation in Cairo in the 1920’s included aspirations for 1.) the return of Turkey’s Caliphate and 2.) vengeance on the Saudis.
As such, allowing – or at least not doing much to stop – ISIS to excite domestic insurrections inside Saudi Arabia means ISIS provides utility to the Brotherhood, Turkey and even Iran, which has an enmity for the Saudis that has been at a fevered pitch for quite some time.
Last month, Barack Obama’s trusted foreign policy advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski expressed the flawed belief that Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt represent the four nations that must work together to defeat ISIS, with Turkey being the most important.
This is flawed because Turkey is in league with ISIS. As it stands now, ISIS serves a purpose for Turkey. It is helping to wreak havoc in Egypt; it is fighting Syria’s Bashar al-Assad; and it is now poised to do in Saudi Arabia what it’s doing in those countries.
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