New Study Provides Yet More Proof Of Saudi State Sponsorship Of ISIS

During the same week Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) admitted to the The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg that Saudi nationals have funded terror groups, a prominent Georgetown University counterterrorism expert and field researcher has published his findings based on extensive interviews with former ISIS members which identifies Saudi Arabia as a key source of the now defunct Islamic State's prior rapid growth. 

The findings were summarized in the Government and Technology Services Coalition's Homeland Security Today online journal, and authored by Georgetown University professor Ahmet Yayla, who during the past four years has interviewed over 40 ISIS defectors in Turkey while conducting on the ground research along Syria's border.

Yayla's findings entitled, To Truly Fight Terror, Counter Salafist Jihadist Ideology First, confirm that:

“The majority of the ISIS shaykhs (imams and teachers) who were preaching in ISIS-controlled territories and schools were from Saudi Arabia.”

Though documentation on Saudi Arabia's role in financing global jihad has been abundant over the past years of war in Syria and Iraq, Professor Yayla's field research provides yet further empirical confirmation and proof of Saudi Arabia's role in fueling both ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorism. 

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). Image source: Getty via Daily Express

The study focuses specifically on 'Salafist jihadism' - a term often used interchangeably with Wahhabism - as "the same root" shared by both al-Qaeda and ISIS:

Salafism is usually described as an ultraconservative, puritanical, grim and fundamentalist branch within Sunni Islam established on the teachings of the 13th-century scholar Ibn Taymiyyah, whose ideas were introduced by puritanical scholar Muhammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab in the Arabian Peninsula during the mid-18th Century. Wahhab advocated a return to the traditions of the first generations of Muslims (the salaf).

And as also summarized in a 2016 New York Times investigation, ISIS terrorists rely on official Saudi religious instruction books as primary sources informing their ideology.

Professor Yayla writes:

ISIS and al-Qaeda appropriate foundational texts of al-Wahhab, including The Book of Monotheism (Kitab at-Tawhid), in their curriculum, in their Sharia (ideological) training in military camps, online training and the school systems they control.

Additionally, several ISIS defectors I interviewed specifically told me how al-Wahhab’s Kitab at-Tawhid was the chief and the most important part of their training, a book also widely and historically adopted by today’s Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, I observed that Salafist literature and books were adopted by terrorists including al-Qaeda for their indoctrination and training during the investigations I carried out as a counterterrorism police chief in Turkey.

Notably, one of Saudi Arabia's most visible sheikhs - who recently held the title of 'Imam of Kaaba, the Grand Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca' - admitted that ISIS is a product of Saudi Salafi/Wahhabi Islam, which has been described by scholars and historians alike as the official state religion of Saudi Arabia, despite MbS' feigning confusion over the issue during his recent Atlantic interview.

Professor Yayla writes further while citing the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI):

Sheikh Adel al-Kalbani, the former Imam of Kaaba, the Grand Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca, and a Salafi himself, openly and sincerely admitted that “ISIS is a true product of Salafism" and we must deal with it with full transparency.

But the key section of the summary study Homeland Security Today, which links the highest levels of the Saudi state (including Saudi princes) with ISIS terrorism is worth quoting in full. 

According to the below excerpt from the summary findings, Saudi Arabia spreads Salafist terror ideology "all over the world":

"The fact is, some Saudi princes, clerics, and charities for decades have been pouring out billions of dollars to promote their understanding of Islam, Wahhabism. They have found willing partners among the vulnerable populations in the Central Asian and Afghan-Pakistani regions, Africa, the Balkans and even in Europe. These funders indirectly assist ISIS and al-Qaeda-friendly organizations to fast-track their recruitments process on their behalf. In the leaked U.S. embassy cables, it was openly addressed that Saudi Arabia was 'a critical source of terrorist funding' where the money is mostly spent on training of Wahhabi clerics, production and distribution of Wahhabi textbooks, media outreach and donations to local schools or cultural centers.

Thanks to the Saudis spreading Salafism all over the world, these terrorists reach ideologically ripe people among their targeted groups who are already educated by the Wahhabis.

For a more comprehensive and effective long-term counterterrorism policy, the world should understand that regardless of the political costs and outcomes there is no true dealing of jihadi terrorism without countering the Salafist jihadist ideology. The majority of the ISIS shaykhs (imams and teachers) who were preaching in ISIS-controlled territories and schools were from Saudi Arabia and hence had the kunya of 'al- Jazrawi.' Wahhabi teachings around the world with Saudi-supported Imams have established the grounds for easier jihadist terrorism recruitments."

Though MbS was clearly lying as well as attempting to dodge the topic altogether when he awkwardly told Jeffrey Goldberg, "There is no Wahhabism, we don't believe we have Wahhabism," he was right about one thing: the US itself led the way in promoting the spread of Wahhabi jihad near the end of the Cold War.

The crown prince was recently quoted by the Washington Post while in DC: "Mohammed said that investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked Saudi Arabia to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union.”

And MbS repeated these comments to The Atlantic: "This is what America wanted us to do."


TheReplacement BrownCoat Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:07 Permalink

Actually, there were and still are WMD in Iraq if you listen/read MSM.  That was one of the great concerns about ISIS driving south on Baghdad - that ISIS would take over the military base with scores of bunkers filled with undestroyed WMD that the US occupation captured from Iraq but left behind when they left (along with gobs of equipment buried in the sand).

It don't matter a lick though.  Kim Kardashian has a disgustingly huge ass and is posting pictures of it online somewhere.

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Expat Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:36 Permalink

Let he who is without a long list of terrorist and dictator friends and allies cast the first stone.

If I had to pay ten thousand dollars for every victim of ISIS and collect ten dollars for every victim of US terrorism, I would be  the richest man in the world.

MusicIsYou Wed, 04/04/2018 - 06:29 Permalink

Oh well, you can always laugh about them indulging in a big glass of water with microscopic bugs because most tap water has invisible bugs in it.

Ace006 Wed, 04/04/2018 - 06:36 Permalink

I note MbS's evasion on Wahhabism. Given what seem to be genuine liberalizing intentions on his part,  I'm inclined to consider that a way of avoiding unnecessary goading of Wahhabi opposition while he feels his way.   YMMV. 

MusicIsYou Wed, 04/04/2018 - 06:42 Permalink

I think about the best thing that could happen is a bigass asteroid strike this planet. Wipe that table clean and start over again. Because people are just disgusting and not a damn one of them can interpret scripture correctly, molding it around their preconceived notions they already have.

TheReplacement MusicIsYou Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:14 Permalink

Interesting point about interpreting scripture.  Can you tell us a little more about how the writers of said scripture were enlightened and not working with any preconceived notions?

You should go back to the Sumerians/Akkadian/Babylonian texts and see if your scriptures truly are what you believe they are or if they are just mechanisms of control and deceit based on plagiarism.

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africoman Wed, 04/04/2018 - 06:44 Permalink

Any news about the terrorist coming from the branch of American body is false.

When they point a finger at SA about the 911, remember the four fingers are pointing to ZOG.

So what is this twisted article then?

First mention USA, Israhell, UK,...then SA, then Qatar, Turkey take their share.

SA is just the financier and jihadist extremism theology.The big roles of training, arming, supplying and marching them done by the western superpowers.



Joiningupthedots Wed, 04/04/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

The entire West collectively sold unlimited weaponry for cash to these Saudi monkeys without end user certificates in place.

The West therefore is collectively responsible for the carnage in Syria.


gwar5 Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:50 Permalink

Only good imam is a dead one.

Anyone ever hear of an imam blowing himself up instead of being the one talking every other crazy muslim into it? 

...Me either.



chinoslims Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:51 Permalink

Why did tge US invade Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya?  Why did the US attack Syria?

Why hasnt Saudi Arabia been turned to glass?  The US could have saved a lot of trouble if Gaddafi and Saddam were kept alive and saudi Arabia was destroyed

Sy Kloine Bee Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:23 Permalink

It was Saudi and Gulf Arab states, along with Western intelligence services.  The pic of John McCain standing next to the ISIS leadership says it all.


The reason they founded ISIS was to counter Iran/Hezbollah/other Iranian backed militias.  The premier volunteer-type, professional armed forces of the West could not defeat them in South Lebanon, Iraq, or even Syria where they allied with Russia.   The West needed its own suicide bombers/head choppers, and so we have ISIS, Nusra, HTS, etc.  Their first task was to take back Iraq from the pro-Iranian gov't.  It failed.  Their next task was to get rid of Assad.  Failed.  The final task was to continue on to South Lebanon and get rid of Nasrallah.  And, it failed there also. 

Now, the last job of ISIS is to provide some justification for the West to be operating in Syria.  But this too seems to be just about wrapped up. 

Posa Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:31 Permalink

Flynn's DIA also reported the the West was arming ISIS... that was back in 2012... but everyone knew the Gulf Monarchies and mostly US weapons were fueling the ISIS terror army all along, with help from Israel.

Pikachu Assassino Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:10 Permalink

- Death to infidels!
Oops, only the indifferent will remain: 0.0002%?

"In and of itself, every idea is neutral or should be neutral; but the man encourages it, it projects its flames and its dementia into it; impure, transformed into belief, in time, takes the form of an event: the transition from logic to
epilepsy is consummated ... Thus are born the ideologies, doctrines and farces bloody.

Idolaters by instinct, we make the objects of our dreams and our interests. The story is just a fake parade
Absolutes, a succession of temples raised to pretexts, a debasement of the spirit before the improbable. Even when he departs from religion, man remains subject to it; exhausting himself in forging simulacra of gods, he adopts them feverishly: his need for fiction, of mythology, triumphs on the evidence and ridicule. His ability to worship is responsible for all his crimes: he who loves a god wrongly forces others to love him, in hopes to exterminate them if they refuse. There is no intolerance, intransigence ideological or proselytizing that does not reveal the bestial background of enthusiasm. What man loses his faculty of indifference: he becomes a virtual killer; what turn your idea into god: the consequences are incalculable. You only kill yourself in name of a god or its substitutes: the excesses raised by the goddess Reason, by the idea of ​​nation, class or race are relatives of those of the Inquisition or the Reformation. The seasons of fervor are distinguished by bloodthirsty exploits. St. Teresa could only be contemporary with the records of faith and Luther of the massacre of the peasants. In mystical crises, the moans of the victims are parallel to the groans of ecstasy ... gibbets, dungeons and dungeons only thrive in the shade of a faith - of this need to believe that has infested the spirit forever. O devil pales in comparison to those who have a truth, a truth. We are unfair to the Neros or the Tiberians: they did not invent the concept of heretical: they were only degenerate dreamers who had fun with the massacres True criminals are those who establish an orthodoxy in the religious or political plane, those that distinguish between the faithful and the schismatic.

At the moment when we refuse to admit the interchangeability of ideas, the blood runs ... Under the firm resolutions a dagger rises; the eyes ignited the crime. Never the hesitant spirit, afflicted by the hammering, was pernicious: the principle of evil lies in the tension of the will, in the unfitness for quietism, in the Promethean megalomania of a race that of the ideal that explodes under his convictions and that, because of the tempted to belittle doubt and laziness - vices nobler than all its virtues - has embarked on a path of perdition, in history, in this indecent mixture of banality and apocalypse ... In it certainties abound: suppress them and suppress above all its consequences: it will reconstitute paradise. O which is the Fall but the search for a truth and the certainty of finding it, the passion for a dogma, the establishment of a dogma? This fanaticism - a capital tara that gives man a taste for efficacy, prophecy, and by terror - lyric leprosy that defiles souls, subjects them, crushes them, or exalts ... Only skeptics (or sluggards and aesthetes) escape it, because they do not nothing, because - true benefactors of humankind - they destroy the
prejudices and analyze delirium. I feel more secure with a Pyrrhus than of a Sao Paulo, for the reason that a wisdom of boutades is sweeter than the that an unrestrained holiness. In a fiery spirit we find the animal of prey in disguise; we could not defend ourselves too much from the clutches of a prophet ... When you raise your voice, whether in the name of heaven, city or other pretexts, get away from him: satyr of our solitude, do not forgive us that we live shortly of his truths and his raptures; want to make us share his hysteria, of its good, imposing it on us and disfiguring us. A being possessed by a belief and that he did not try to communicate it to others is a phenomenon earth, where the obsession of salvation makes life unbreathable. Look around: for Every part of the larvae preach: each institution translates a mission; the prefectures have their absolute as the temples: the administration, with its regulations - metaphysics for the use of monkeys ... Everyone strives to all; aspire to this even the beggars, including the incurable: the and hospitals overflow with reformers. The eagerness to become a source of events acts upon each one as a mental disorder or a intentional curse. Society is hell of saviors! What Diogenes he searched with his flashlight was indifferent.


abgary1 Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:29 Permalink

The west needs to ween Europe off of Russia's nat. gas if they want to go after Putin and a pipeline from the Arabian peninsula was the solution but they first had to remove Basha al Assad.

The covert war didn't quite turnout the way it was supposed to.