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Saudi Embassy Rejects ISIS Funding Claim

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:41:06 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- Responding to allegations made by Iraq's Prime Minister, Saudi Arabia denied giving any support to a rising Islamic insurgency there.

On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki claimed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was backing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS.

The Saudi Embassy fired back Thursday, issuing a statement denying affiliation with terrorism.

"The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia expresses its total rejection of these allegations, which have no basis in fact," officials said. "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been in the forefront of combating terrorism, those that support terrorism and all forms of terror financing, working in close cooperation with countries around the world, including the United States."

Sunni militants continue to move in on Baghdad, prompting international action. On Thursday, the Obama administration announced the decision to send in 300 military advisers to help train and support security forces.

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