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ISIS Calls For Attacks On Saudi Oil Industry

The Islamic State has called on its members to start targeting Saudi Arabia oil infrastructure as punishment for the Kingdom warming up to Israel.

“Targets are plenty…Start by hitting and destroying oil pipelines, factories, and facilities which are the source (of income) of the tyrant government,” a spokesman for the terrorist group said in a recorded message cited by Reuters.

Saudi Arabia opened its air space for flights between Israel and several neighbors in a historic move for the Middle East. According to the statement of Islamic State, that was enough to turn the Kingdom into a target of the group’s attention.

Saudi Arabia has been the target of Islamic State attacks in the past as well, although never on a scale comparable to what the terrorist group did in Syria and Iraq. Now, it is taking part in the Israeli-Palestine saga, calling for a lasting and sustainable peace between the two.

The UAE and Bahrain, both allies of Riyadh, recently established formal diplomatic ties with the state of Israel in a pair of deals brokered by the U.S. administration. The moves, praised by Washington and Jerusalem alike, drew criticism from the Palestinians, for whom a deal between fellow Arab states and the ultimate enemy must have been a hard blow.

Until the two deals, the unified Arab position on Israeli-Palestine relations was that bilateral relations between each Arab state and Israel will only begin once Palestine becomes an independent state. As a result, the Palestinian government has cut off ties with Washington. Saudi Arabia still follows this stance.

Following the signing of Bahrain’s deal with Israel last week, the Islamic State condemned the move, accusing the UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia of demonstrating “subservience to crusaders,” the Associated Press reported.

“Here now, the Jews have come to you and are walking freely in your streets and countries, feeling safe and secure with approval from your tyrants and supported by your edicts,” the spokesman of the group, Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi. The recording with the calls to target Saudi Arabia targets came soon after.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on October 19 2020 said:
    The ISIS is a spent force nowadays. Threats from the ISIS are being used by the United States to justify keeping troops on the ground in Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

    However, US troops will soon be ejected from Iraq to be followed by their withdrawal from Syria.US troops are in Saudi Arabia under the pretext of defending the county and blackmailing it to pay protection money like the Mafia.

    The ISIS call for attacks on Saudi oil industry is an attempt to tell the world that it still exists.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • t t on October 20 2020 said:
    This is silly and hideous!
    Even though Bahrain and UAE just had a diplomatic relationship with Israel, but ISIS attacks Saudi Arabia for not having a diplomatic relationship with Israel!
  • t t on October 20 2020 said:
    So, the official spokesperson of the extremist group ISIS is publicly against Saudi Arabia and orders ISIS members to attack Saudi Arabia’s facilities.
  • t t on October 20 2020 said:
    I do not understand people who correlate Saudi Arabia with ISIS!
    Don’t they see that ISIS is publicly calling for attacks against Saudi Arabia and its facilities?!
  • John Di Laccii on October 23 2020 said:
    Saudi Arabia is House of Saud, this is a call for attacks on Snow White MBS and her dwarfs. Arabs living in this country are supporting the ISIS and their true leader is a guy sitting in Ankara, currently fighting Armenians in Nagarno Karabah not the Snow White. Presence of ISIS ideology in KSA is everywhere!!! Just watch and this is going to materialize, ghey will ho t somewhere, lads just follow the trace of money, and tgere is no more dough there.
  • John Di Laccii on October 23 2020 said:
    Saudi Arabia is House of Saud, this is a call for attacks on Snow White MBS and her dwarfs. Arabs living in this country are supporting the ISIS and their true leader is a guy sitting in Ankara, currently fighting Armenians in Nagarno Karabakh not the Snow White. Presence of ISIS ideology in KSA is everywhere!!! Just watch and this is going to materialize, they will hit somewhere.Lads just follow the trace of money, and believe me there is no more dough there, as it was before..

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