Why can’t or won’t the Saudis stop the flow of mujahedin into Iraq? Because if they do so, it will be one more sign to Al-Qaeda and its allies that they have abandoned Islam for alliance with the Great Satan. But since they can’t or won’t do this, is that alliance viable in any way? Friend and Ally Update from the Telegraph, with thanks to Anon:
Foreign terrorists, led by fighters from Saudi Arabia, are behind an upsurge in attacks against British troops in Basra, military sources said yesterday.
As the Army suffered the highest number of fatal attacks in a month since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, commanders on the ground are concerned at the level of sophistication and ferocity of the assaults….
The Saudi influence on terrorism in Shia-dominated Basra has not been previously reported but has caused concern among military commanders because of their training, technology and finance.
Although the majority of Saudi Arabians are Sunni, the minority Shia have taken part in terrorist attacks….
Commanders are concerned that Saudi and other foreign fighters are co-ordinating the attacks in a “consensual environment”, in which the locals will not tell the military where roadside bombs have been planted. “The concern is that support for our presence is going down,” a defence source said.