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What the!? The U.S., Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State (Video)

Confused by the crisis in the Middle East and who is the ultra-violent Islamic State (IS)?

To most of us it’s about as clear as mud. Just as knotty to understand is Washington’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy with a dismal human rights record. What’s more many believe the Saudis covertly use the IS for their own agenda.

Prying it open and you’re sure to find a can of worms.

Ali Al-Ahmed, an expert on Saudi political affairs, does his best to explain some of those worms to The Real News Network in the video post above.

Al-Ahmed’s resume reads solid, he’s no wacko but what he says is pretty confronting.

Some of his points are below:

  • Saudi Arabia is the godfather of IS and other terror groups in Syria and in Iraq
  • IS’s actions are in correlation to Saudi foreign policy in regards to Syria and Iraq
  • Saudi foreign policy is driven by one thing – the survival of the country’s monarchy
  • Saudi Arabia is managing a dual policy of supporting IS and the U.S. at the same time
  • Any IS rhetoric against the Saudis for joining the U.S. fight against it is only talk
  • Personal financial relationships between certain U.S. officials and Saudi Arabia has helped create the current situation
James Burke
What keeps the world ticking? James is always looking for the answer and the latest news from around the globe. When he's not behind his computer, he's basking in the Thailand sun, or dreaming of the southern hemisphere, where he grew up in rural Australia.

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