Anti-Saudi Tide Rises in Iraq

[Christian Science Monitor] Sam Dagher - An unprecedented wave of anger toward Saudi Arabia is rising in Baghdad as government and religious leaders charge that the neighboring kingdom is doing little to stem the flow of its nationals to Iraq to wage "holy war" on Shiites. The Saudi backlash is being fueled by Iraqi media reports and Shiite leaders' condemnations of apparent fatwas, religious rulings by Saudi muftis calling for the destruction of Shiite shrines in Iraq. "So far, the Saudi attitude in particular, and the Arab one in general, has been negative toward the political process in Iraq," says Ridha Jawad Taqi, an Iraqi Shiite parliamentarian.

2007-08-09 01:00:00

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