Monday, July 4
"Leader of Christian Popular Forces Reveals Saudi Envoy's Ties with ISIL in Iraq"
If he can support his accusation this would be very serious indeed.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary-General of Christian popular forces, the Babylon Battalion, revealed that he is in possession of irrefutable evidence substantiating tight relationshsip between the Saudi Ambassador to Baghdad Thamer al-Sabhan and the ISIL terrorist group.
Speaking in a live TV program on Sunday, Rayan al-Kaldani said that he is in possession of an audio file of Sabhan's phone talks with an ISIL terrorist ringleader.
"Is this a diplomatic behavior or a plot against Iraq?" he asked.
Kaldani blamed the Saudi envoy for the recent blasts in Baghdad which killed over 80 people, and said, "From now on, we consider the Saudi ambassador responsible for any blast in Baghdad."
Two blasts ripped through busy market areas in Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, killing around 80 people and injuring 160. [The death toll currently stands at 147 and is expected to rise higher.]
Earlier this week, at least 12 people were killed and 32 injured in another suicide attack West of Baghdad, where an attacker wearing a suicide vest targeted a Sunni mosque in Abu Ghraib.
The Saudi ambassador has been criticized for his interfering remarks and undiplomatic behavior in recent months.
Last month, a senior Iraqi lawmaker called on his government to take serious measures against the Saudi Ambassador to Baghdad, and said that al-Sabhan is in Iraq to support the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group.
"The reinstatement of al-Sabhan in Baghdad is meant to support the ISIL," member of the Iraqi Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee Mesal al-Alousi said.
He underlined that Saudi Arabia meddles in the internal affairs of all the regional countries, and said, "For the same reason the Iraqi government should confront that country's ambassador to Baghdad."
"Saudi Arabia claims that it respects the Iraqi people and Shiites, but it supports the ISIL," al-Alousi said.