Saudi Arabia is behind the recent escalation of violence in Iraq following Riyadh’s foreign policy failures in the Middle East, a political analyst tells Press TV.
In a Friday interview, Middle East expert Zayd Al-Isa pointed to the “dramatic surge in deadly violence in Iraq” since the beginning of 2013 and noted that all the funding, arming, logistical support, and salaries that Saudi Arabia has provided to al-Qaeda “have actually gone to the most prominent and violent branch of al-Qaeda, that is al-Nusra [in Syria] and al-Qaeda in Iraq.”
Isa pointed to the failure of Saudi Arabia’s “strenuous attempts” to convince the United States to adopt military options against Syria and Iran, adding, “The latest increase in the attacks [in Iraq] which is happening on a daily basis is basically due to the failure of the foreign policy of Saudi Arabia.”
Around 6,000 people have lost their lives in the ongoing violence in Iraq since the beginning of 2013.
According to a recent academic study published in the United States, more than 460,000 people in Iraq lost their lives between 2003 and 2011 as a result of the US-led invasion of the country.
The study found that more than 60 percent of deaths were directly attributable to violence, and the rest were associated with the collapse of infrastructure and other indirect causes.
Iraq says militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the Middle Eastern country into chaos.
By Press TV
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