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Private saudi-arabere støtter sunni-opprørerne i Irak med store pengesummer, som går til innkjøp av våpen.

Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials and others familiar with the flow of cash.

Saudi-Arabia akter ikke å la sunniene bli desimert og marginalisert av shiaenes dødsskvadroner. Det ga nylig en saudi-arabisk sikkerhetsekspert uttrykk for i Washington Post. Ikke overraskende. Men det som gjør situasjonen enda mer håpløs er at sunniene i Irak ikke slutter å angripe amerikanerne, til tross for at sivilbefolkningen trenger amerikanerne. Sunni-opprørerne skal ha kjøpt avanserte bakke-til-luft raketter av russisk type, kalt Strela, og opprørerne hevder det var en slik som skjøt ned en F-16 i Anbar-provinsen nylig.

Several drivers interviewed by the AP in Middle East capitals said Saudis have been using religious events, like the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and a smaller pilgrimage, as cover for illicit money transfers. Some money, they said, is carried into Iraq on buses with returning pilgrims.

«They sent boxes full of dollars and asked me to deliver them to certain addresses in Iraq,» said one driver, who gave his name only as Hussein, out of fear of reprisal. «I know it is being sent to the resistance, and if I don’t take it with me, they will kill me.»

He was told what was in the boxes, he said, to ensure he hid the money from authorities at the border.

The two Iraqi officials would not name specific Iraqi Sunnis who have received money from Saudi Arabia. But Iraq issued an arrest warrant for Harith al-Dhari, a Sunni opponent of the Iraqi government, shortly after he visited Saudi Arabia in October. He was accused of sectarian incitement.

Saudis reportedly funding Iraqi Sunnis