30 Aug '14, 5pm

Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria. While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, King Abdullah's statement appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against the Islamic State group and its supporters in the region. Saudi Arabia openly backs rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, but is concerned that the breakaway al-Qaida group could also turn those very same weapons on the kingdom. "I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America," he said at a reception for foreign ambassadors Friday. Official Saudi media carried the king's comments early Saturday. "These terrorists do not know th...

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