Baghdad blames Riyadh for spike in Iraq's violence, bloodshed

Published June 17th, 2014 - 07:00 GMT

The Iraqi government has once again blamed Saudi Arabia for a rise in bloodshed and terrorist attacks in the country.

The Iraqi cabinet said in a statement that Riyadh is supporting and financing the Takfiri militants of the ISIL.

It added that the Arab kingdom must be held responsible for the crimes committed at the hands of the insurgents.

"We strongly condemn this stance," the statement read, adding, "The Saudi government should be held responsible for the dangerous crimes committed by these terrorist groups."

"We hold it (Saudi Arabia) responsible for what these groups are receiving in terms of financial and moral support," the statement added.

On Monday, Riyadh rejected Baghdad’s accusations and blamed Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki for what it called “pursuing sectarian policies”.

According to the Iraqi government, Saudi Arabia’s comments are a further indication of Saudis’ siding with the terrorists.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has informed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Riyadh must be held accountable for the recent wave of terrorist attacks having claimed thousands of lives in Iraq.

On June 10, the ISIL militants took control 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 ISIL militants have vowed to continue their raid toward the capital, Baghdad. Al Maliki has said the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of Mosul and some other towns by militants a “conspiracy.”

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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