Saudi 'will step in if US quits Iraq'

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    Saudi 'will step in if US quits Iraq'

    WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia will launch a "massive" intervention to help Iraq's minority Sunnis against Iran-backed Shi'ite attacks if the US pulls its troops out, a senior Saudi government adviser said yesterday.Writing in the Washington Post newspaper, security expert Nawaf Obaid said the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq could result in King Abdullah opening the gates to provide Iraq's Sunnis with funds, arms and logistical support.

    Obaid, a scholar at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and a security and energy adviser to the Saudi ambassador to the US, said King Abdullah has fended off "intense" pressure to provide financial and arms support for Iraq's Sunnis from Sunni leaders inside Saudi Arabia and around the Middle East.

    Also pushing the monarch, he said, are "a new generation of Saudi royals in strategic government positions who are eager to see the kingdom play a more muscular role in the region".

    But Obaid said that King Abdullah pledged to US President George W Bush that he would not intervene, despite the rise in bloody sectarian reprisal killings. However, that would change if the US begins pulling its troops out, Obaid warned.

    Obaid's article, which he said reflected his own views and not the Saudi government's, came just days after US Vice-President Dick Cheney visited Riyadh.

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    So everyone waiting the USA to leave.
    The strongest in the region will make its interests succeed.
     
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    All out war between Saudi Arabia and Iran? That is intriguing...even to a liberal like myself.
     
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    So basically, if we pull out there wont be a civil war, it will be a regional, if not a world war.
     
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    More evidence that the "cut and runners" have not considered future consequences in the region or the rest of the world. They think we live in some kind of vacuum and cannot even see the larger implications.
     
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    You can't trust the saudi's it is all for something other than muslim brotherly love.
     
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    About time the regional folks set-up. Damn, how many trillions have we given Saudi in equipment, training, blah, blah over 30 + years? For what, for them to sit on their ass why we foot the bill? BS!

    I say let them deal with it. ItÂ’s time, and they will if they have to.
     
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    The more arabs that kill each other the better it will be. :ali:
     
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    Yeah wouldn't the liberals like that if the muzi's would focus on their part of the world, then it would be a war on terrorism.
     
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    Saudi denies may interfere in Iraq to back Sunnis
    Sat Dec 2, 2006 11:54 PM IST

    http://in.today.reuters.com/news/ne...R_RTRJONC_0_India-278704-2.xml&archived=False
     
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    See how short lived that was.:ali:
     

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