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S. Arabia's Golden Gate for Arms Smuggling to Iraq, Syria Found




TEHRAN (ST)- Saudi Arabia is trafficking different types of weapons, ammunitions, bombs, military equipment and drugs to Iraq through a city in the Western province of al-Anbar, half of which is, then, sent to the terrorists fighting in Syria, sources disclosed on Wednesday. 

Informed sources who asked to remain anonymous told FNA that Saudi Arabia uses the al-Nakhib town in Ar'ar border which is the official border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Iraq to send the military equipments both to terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

The smuggled Saudi weapons and equipment which were used by the terrorists in military and suicide attacks in Iraq are now being transferred to Syria after tensions in the Muslim country intensified, added the source.

The al-Nakhib town with a population of over 5,000 is mostly resided by the members of al-Hezal tribe which is supported by all Iraqi Sunni tribes.

The city is on a regional crossroad, linked to Saudi Arabia from South, Jordan from North and the holy city of Karbala from Northeast. The city has always been at the center of the US attention for the establishment of military bases in Iraq.

Earlier this month, a criminal court in al-Anbar province sentenced seven people to death for their involvement in killing 22 Shiite Muslim bus passengers in al-Nakhib area in 2011.

Gunmen stopped a bus travelling from Syria to al-Nakhib, and drove the bus several kilometers away with 22 male passengers on board. The 22 men were later found shot dead, while other eight passengers, all of them women and children, were spared.

Also on Monday, a senior Iraqi legislator warned against the plots hatched by Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia against his country, and called on his fellow citizens to be vigilant about such attempts.

Earlier this year, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki stressed that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are trying to carry out a Syria-like plot against Iraq in a bid to topple the country's government by sending terrorists to the country.

"Qatar and Saudi Arabia which are meddling to topple the Syrian government are now doing the same meddling to topple the Iraqi regime. Their goal is overthrowing the Iraqi ruling system and not overthrowing me," Maliki said in an interview with the Lebanese-based al-Mayadeen satellite network at the time.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia, two undemocratic monarchies which ironically call for democracy in Syria help the terrorists in the country financially and logistically.

Also earlier this year, another senior Iraqi legislator said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have failed in their efforts to stir sectarian strife in Iraq and Syria.

"Saudi Arabia and Qatar have failed in (implementing) their intrigue which was aimed at stirring a strife among various tribes in Iraq and Syria," the Arabic Alsumaria news agency quoted Iraq's National Alliance MP Mohammad al-Sayhood as saying at the time.

He said that Riyadh and Doha intended to exercise the seditious plot in Syria after their failed to implement it in Iraq.

Al-Sayhood reiterated that the plot was masterminded by Israel and staged by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, adding that the same regional Arab states armed the Syrian opposition in pursuit of the same divisive plot in Syria.