The king of Saudi Arabia warned that Middle Eastern terrorists could soon reach Middle America unless something dramatic is done.
The bloodthirsty jihadists will quickly spread throughout Europe and the United States if allowed to run free, Saudi King Abdullah predicted without mentioning any single group.
“If neglected, I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America,” the king declared in remarks reported Saturday by official Saudi media.
“Terror knows no borders and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East.”
Abdullah’s remarks appeared aimed at stirring a military response from the White House and NATO against the radical and wildly aggressive Islamic State (ISIS).
On the same day Abdullah delivered his warning, U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones launched five strikes against ISIS militants near Iraq’s Mosul Dam.
The bombs destroyed an armored vehicle, weapons and buildings used by the jihadists.
Meanwhile, a multicountry fleet of planes dropped food and water to the thousands of Shiite Turkmen stranded in the town of Amirli.
The aid — supplied by the U.S., Australia, France and Britain — came at the request of the Iraqi government, officials said.
The Shiite Turkmen have been under siege since mid-July, with some residents complaining that the aid drops have not been sufficient amid the searing heat, power outages and relentless shelling.
ISIS has seized control of a wide swath of territory in Syria and Iraq — and Saudi Arabia shares a 500-mile border with Iraq.
Speaking at a reception for foreign ambassadors, the king urged his guests to spread the dire warning across their homelands.
“I do ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: Fight terrorism with force, reason and speed,” Abdullah said. “These terrorists do not know the name of humanity, and you have witnessed them severing heads and giving them to children to walk with in the street.”
The king added that the ISIS killings went “against the teachings of Allah” and “the sanctity of human life.”
A United Nations report last week chronicled the savage executions by ISIS in Syria, including beheadings or victims shot in the head from close range.
The terrorists hung some of the bodies on crucifixes displayed in public squares for days after the killings. The executed were offered no chance at proving their innocence before the lethal sentences were imposed.
The report said ISIS was also responsible for amputations and public beatings. In addition, the terrorists flogged men caught smoking and women seen on the streets without their faces covered.
ISIS killed freelance American journalist James Foley, 40, whose death was recorded on video and made public Aug. 19. The terrorists have threatened to execute 31-year-old Steven Sotloff, another hostage U.S. journalist, if the U.S. fails to stop its air strikes in Iraq.
The American air support began Aug. 10, with a total of 115 strikes since then. U.S. military officials estimate the tab for military operations in Iraq at about $560 million since mid-June. The Obama administration was considering expanding its air campaign to include ISIS targets inside Syria. The President is consulting with administration insiders and congressional officials to come up with a plan for handling the extremists.
“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said last week.
Abdullah’s warning came one day after British officials amped up their nation’s terror threat level to severe.
Saudi Arabia, one of the strife-torn region’s top American allies, has denied charges of directly funding ISIS fighters.
But the nation has provided weapons and financial backing to Sunni militants taking on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, after a Saturday meeting, called for international efforts to cut off the financing of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq.
The oil-rich Saudis are becoming increasingly strident in their criticism of the terrorists-next-door.
Saudi Arabia’s top cleric denounced ISIS and Al Qaeda as the top enemy of Islam — a charge echoed by the king, who noted the terrorists are killing their own people. The country has threatened to jail any citizens who join the jihad to fight in Syria and Iraq, while religious leaders can face sanctions for urging their followers to embrace the radical cause.
Since a failed Al Qaeda attempt at overthrowing the monarchy in 2004, Saudi Arabia has largely been spared the violence and terrorism that plagues the region.
Source: NY Daily News