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BAGHDAD, IRAQ (Worthy News)-- Muslims fighting Muslims -- so who is to blame? Perhaps Allah! Both sides, Sunnis backed by Saudi Arabia and Shiites backed by Iran, are blaming each other as sectarian violence threatens "unpredictable consequences" for the region.
The Sunni-Shia edge to the Saudi-Iran struggle has sharpened in the last few years. The two see themselves as representatives of opposing visions of Islam: the Saudis as guardians of Mecca and conservative Sunni hierarchy, and Shi'ite Iran as the vanguard of an Islamic revolution in support of the downtrodden. -- Source
The unrest in Iraq "carries warning signs of a civil war with unpredictable consequences for the region," Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said at the opening of an Islamic bloc meeting in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.
Prince Saud renewed Saudi accusations that "sectarian policies of exclusion" of Iraq's Sunni Arab minority implemented by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government were responsible for the violence.
This paved the way for countries with "bad intentions" towards Iraq "to go ahead with plots threatening its security, stability, national unity and sense of Arab identity," Prince Saud said. -- Source
Comments from Riyadh indicates it is "siding with terrorism," the cabinet said in a statement issued by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office.
"We hold it (Saudi Arabia) responsible for what these groups are receiving in terms of financial and moral support."
It continued: "The Saudi government should be held responsible for the dangerous crimes committed by these terrorist groups." -- Source