Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque during the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca October 23, 2012, ahead of Eid al-Adha which marks the end of haj. On October 25, the day of Arafat, millions of Muslim pilgrims will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat near Mecca at the peak of the annual pilgrimage. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR39HXP

Could Saudi Arabia Be the Next ISIS Conquest?

With ISIS on the border, Saudi Arabia is nervous about the terrorist incursion, but remains the source of its greatest support

ISIS is continuing its blitz-like offensive in Iraq, conquering more and more territory. With its sights set on Baghdad and the Shiite shrine cities, the prospect of the capital falling to the terrorist group is causing international panic. And Iraq’s neighbors, particularly Saudi Arabia, could be the next trophy in ISIS’ expanding cabinet.

The extremist Sunni group wants to reestablish the Islamic caliphate, and has made it abundantly clear that its territorial ambitions are not limited to Syria and Iraq. Maps circulating online over the weekend, allegedly from ISIS but whose provenance could not be established, show large swathes of Africa and Asia, as well as the entire Middle East, draped in black, denoting the group’s alleged geographical ambitions.

This map was shared widely on social media over the weekend, with other variations showing a push further into Europe. 

With the Iraqi military fleeing their positions and giving way with relative ease to ISIS forces, the terrorist insurgency has poured south into Iraq and reached as far west as Rutba, a town just 70 miles from Iraq’s borders with Jordan and Saudi Arabia. ISIS now controls most of Iraq’s western territory. Since the capture of Rutba, nerves have started to show in Saudi Arabia. Both worried Saudis and ISIS supporters tweeted a hashtag translating to #ISISOnSaudiBorder tens of thousands of times within a span of a few hours on Sunday.

Since the capture of Rutba, ISIS supporters online have begun circulating maps showing the group’s proximity to Jordan and Saudi Arabia, hinting at its next likely advance into Saudi territory.

If ISIS were to penetrate the border, the group’s first stop would probably be the Saudi town of Arar, where the Saudi military is stationed. Saudi authorities closed this border crossing during Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

"It is only five and a half hours between Rutba and Arar."

06/22/14 01:08 UTC@31_e1

واقترب الوعد الحق مسيرة خمس ساعات ونصف من #الرطبة ل #عرعر #الدولة_الإسلامية_على_حدود_السعودية

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If Saudi Arabia does become the next ISIS target, it may be even easier than the group’s push into Iraq. A groundswell of ideological support combined with wide-reaching corruption could pave the way for ISIS’ penetration into the country. Saudi Arabia, unlike Iraq, is almost 90 percent Sunni. Iraq’s growing resistance to ISIS comes largely via the swelling ranks of a Shiite militia, the Mahdi army, with Shiite fighters returning from Syria to defend their country against the radical Sunni insurgency that is sweeping the nation.

Saudi is also a major source of support for ISIS. Since the latest offensive in Iraq, hashtags translating to #TheAgeOfTheISISConquest and #ABillionMuslimsForTheVictoryOfTheIsis have overwhelming been originating from Saudi Arabia. Almost 95 percent of all mentions of the latter hashtag emanated from Saudi Arabia over the last week, by far eclipsing those from Iraq and Syria, where the ISIS is actually operating at present. The geographic distribution of those mentions covers the entire Saudi Arabian territory.

Distribution of geo-tagged pro-ISIS tweets in Saudi Arabia

Saudi support for the ISIS traces back to the conflict in Syria. Approximately 1,000 and 2,000 Saudi nationals have been involved in fighting inside Syria, with several hundreds believed to have already returned home. The Saudi government in February issued a royal decree banning Saudis from fighting in foreign conflicts. Both the Syrian and Iranian governments have drawn attention to purported financial links between ISIS and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks. Syrian state media directly accused Saudi Arabia of funding ISIS in an editorial on June 12, while the Iranian leader President Hassan Rouhani made a thinly veiled reference to “Muslim countries that support the terrorists with their petrodollars” in remarks on the website of the Iranian state broadcaster in recent days.

According to some, ISIS already maintains a presence in the country and even has sympathizers in the Saudi military.

“We are not on the border. We are here in Saudi and this is our land."

06/22/14 06:35 UTC@AmtAhd

#الدولة_الإسلامية_على_حدود_السعودية نحن لسنا على الحدود بل نحن هنا في بلاد الحرمين وهذه ارضنا .. http://t.co/lrKG8VkPGq

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The Saudi armed forces issued a tacit admission in May that ISIS were already operating and recruiting within the kingdom when it called on the public to report any instances of publication or distribution of ISIS pamphlets.

05/18/14 02:36 UTC@SAUDI_ARMY_NEWS

في حالة الأشتباه او وجود من ينشر مثل هذه المنشورات,الرجاء التبليغ على هذا الرقم 990 #داعش_توزع_منشورات_بالسعودية - http://t.co/O6zs4j16RJ

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Photos circulated on Twitter in March that purported to show Saudi military officers holding up signs of support for ISIS.

03/16/14 21:31 UTC@1400MSAF

“@AsawirtiMedia: #الدولة_الإسلامية_تخترق_الجيش_السعودي http://t.co/bTuzA3budF” #الدولة_الإسلامية_في_العراق_والشام #السعودية #ال_سعود

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ISIS supporters have published calls on the organization to continue its advance into the kingdom. The appeal of Saudi Arabia for the terrorist group is clear. As the birthplace of Islam and home to some of the religion’s most holiest sites, the country could become the crown jewel for ISIS.

 

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  • Nope, ISIS is a sunni army.  The royal family of SA is sunni.  Don’t see those two fighting each other.  As a matter of fact, suspect ISIS is being supported from SA.  And Qatar is funneling millions to what they hope will be the sunni caliphate.  And obama bowed to the king of SA.  So it should be interesting to see what happens when ISIS turns on Jordan and Egypt.

  • If we end up fighting ISIS in SA, it will give us an excuse to destroy those islamic holy places there.  That woudl be a plus.   But the price of oil is going to skyrocket as they get closer to Saudi oil fields.  North America has more than enough to takeup the slack if obama and our useless Congress would let us drill baby drill.

  • That would be great if they invaded S.A.  Muslims killing muslims is certainly always win-win for the world.

  • LMAO Apparently the jihadists also want to recreate the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. 

  • Ther’s lots of Good & innocent Muslims in this world.These kind of Barbaric acts by the Terrorists and the Supporters to them is actually,killing the innocents in future.Islam will be a Hatred community in this world,If this kind of Brutal killings and forcible Converting to Islam etc.I wonder are these people still living in Stone-age,behaving like Wild animals.This not acceptable at all.I think the Muslim Communities in every Country should be Closly monitored by the National Security/Police.Never allow these type of communities to stay in any countries.So the supporting to terrorists Organisations could be controlled effectively.

  • you got it right. The goal, just like Al Qaida’s goal was to get control of Arabia. The irony for the Saudi dictators is that they created and funded this entire movement. 

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  • isis is a mossad/ cia/ and saudi operation dont forget saudi king is a british instralled puppit

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    • The Saudi King is not a British installed puppet Saudi was never under foreign control altho some portions were under fluctuating Turkish control.

  • Sunnis are kinning Shiites and vice versa. The religion of death takes hearts, minds and necks where wver in the world it spreads. Please wake US when we should be upset.

  • wait US and the world is coming 3 months you be like like the the red biraged pure eveil ISIS “in God we trust ” read what is writen on $

  • The only panic its causing is to the Americans who fear they will no longer have control of all its oil once the american installed government is overpowered…hence the propaganda

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    • The Kingdom serves is Kings, not the US.

    • Yes,U r right.Only US & Israel is reacting to this.That should be accepted,rest of the world just sitback & Comments.Here need very Effective actions,which could stop spreading to other countries. 

  • Islam as a whole is a dirt religion and is the problem.

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    • The problem is you know it is a good religion and you westerners seems to have a lot of everything except a good religion. You are envious of Muslims and that is the real problem. At the moment you are just burning with envy but soon you will be burning in hell.

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      • Er dim wit there is no hell. When you die you die. Game over. Religion was made by people to control thickos like you that have no reason in life and can not think for themselves. You have to believe in something and that is a book made up. Like Mr Tickle

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      • 2Allah suxcamels Only a fool says there is no God. Oh, and by the way. You piss him right off!

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      • Wow genius, it seems you have it all figured out. You speak as if you’re 100% certain there is no afterlife. Tell me something, if every single part of your body has a specific purpose (eyes, skin, heart, etc.), why would the sum total of those parts (you) have none?

      • Donald’s comment is ridiculous.  But, your comment is equally as bad.  Westerners have plenty of good religion, Muslim/Islam included.  The problem isn’t envy, it is ignorance and intolerance. 

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      • ingnorance and intolerance….ahhallmarks of islam

      • Finally, someone says the truth!

      • christians will not go to hell we believe in the lord jesus christ that is why we are good to all of mankind the lord teaches to love all of mankind and on the day of judgement we will be with him and all the people who love each other because we have only love in our hearts not evil thoughts againest our brother and sisters we are here to help each other and live in peace god is with us  and peace to all mankind god bless us all because he loves us all who believes in the living god    marlene cooper

      • Envious of a religion that has killed 350 million people since it’s inception? Your religion and it’s adherents need to be wiped off the planet.

      • Islam strayed from the true God of Abraham with the acceptance of the false propet muhammed. No God could smile upon the acts of ISIS, only Satan. 1 billion evil muslims will perish from the earth in the immediate future taking Islam with them never to reaise its evil head again. 

      • You have a lot to learn about your own religion. Read the Old Testament and you’ll see the end result for those who attack the Jews. It’s coming soon so you’d better make up your mind as to what side of the fence you want to be on.

      • @Islam4ever,pls don’t talk rubbish.Whole world knows about Islam & what they do in Iraq so called religion of peace.It’s not too far, the Islams will be the Hatred religion in this world,if these type of Barbaric actions continued.Especially non muslim countries will stop these communities,entering their countries.

    • You would put your name on a statement like that?  People like you are the reason the world thinks Americans are uneducated and blind.  People have lost their jobs over making racist statements like that about african americans.  Intolerance and bigotry has no place on a discussion board, or anywhere else.  Save it for you KKK meeting.

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      • At least the KKK opposes the war on whites, after Anderson, the cops wont be willing to engage

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    • “Islam as a whole” brought you the Arabic Numeral System. You know, the numbers the world uses every single day? Do some research into what Islam has done for civilization. A great place to start is “Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers and Artists” by Michael Hamilton Morgan. Read a bit, then maybe you won’t sound so horrifyingly stupid…

  • Happened before in 1979 and the Saudi’s won that one.

  • By the way, ISIS chose a very simple by going to Syria and Iraq where they are killing their own Muslims.  Instead, why do not they try to face a country like Israel and save your Muslims who are bieng killed daily.

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    • because Muslims are bottom feeders, they now how to slaughter civilians, women and children.and of course, muslims know how to die….muslims love death

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      • You absolutely have no idea what you are talking about. You also can’t even spell correctly.  You’re better off just keeping your comments to yourself 

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      • excellent response,you of course have noticed the high culture and extraordinary academic, scientific and economic, not to mention legal and social excellence of every single muslim community and the extraordinary contribution of PRESENT DAY ONE BILLION PLUS muslimmuslims……a happy addition to every civilization…ask the Europeans, Asians, Africans and Americanshappily and peacefully coexiting with non muslims.everywhere…..n’est pas? thanks for the spelling critiqueI will admonish my secretary

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      • Fu$%ing A, Austin, lets have an World day of Beheading, the prize? 70 virgins! Oh, definition of a virgin? a very, very, ugly 5 year old (Muslim Bride)

      • English is not everybodys language ok. And no one needs to spell correctly, as only fools like you seems not to understand anything. 

      • Read the koran – you’ll see how fixated Mohamed was with raping non-believing wormen, or the wives of those he captured… especially if he could rape them before the eyes of their husband and children before he then cut the head off the husband – also before the eyes of the raped wife and children..Truth, read it.

      • Well lets see…Estimated deaths of women and children by American forces in Vietnam…2 milloion. Estimated deaths to women and children due to American forces in Iraq and Afgan…another 2 million. In bothconflicts American forces actually killed more innocent women and children than enemy forces. You may want to re-think your last statement.

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      • well, lets seeyou of course are happily ignoring any and all contextAmericans do not INTENTIONALLY target civillians. Their enemies deliberately place civillians in harms way.Dead woman and children make powerful video clips on the news.It really is a waste of time trying to convince people like you, how high is the cost of liverty, and what it take to hold on to freedom from communists and muslims.Look to CHina, Korea and any muslim country to see how the people are controlled with ignorance, terror and violence.

  • Having read all the comments below, everyone seems to think that ISIS will stop at the Middle East. Not so. They have their symphathisers in Europe who having eaten from the hand of secular and tolerant European countries will create lots of problems for the hands that fed them. Patience is a virtue with terrorists but foolishness a problem with European countries especially UK that has allowed Muslim militancy to go unchecked because of ‘political correctness’.

  • Most Muslim army will not fight another Muslim army, they are too afraid and will either join the other side, whoever has more guns, or run away.ISIS cannot spread itself too far from their home base, otherwise they encounter logistic problems of resupply. But because most Muslims are too afraid to stand up and fight, they let them walk right in. This is how Mohammed did it with a few men and the help of Christian covenant breakers.

  • Saudi Arabia deserves it for supporting terrorist groups, then they are invaded by the same group that they supported. Too late for defending Saudi Arabia, it is all ready lost to ISIS the terrorist group that Saudi Arabia continues to support.

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    • If the ISIS should succeed in taking over Saudi Arabia,it will be the begining of the end for All Muslim Countries.The question is, will the Saudi military remain loyal to the Royal Family? The Saudi Armed Forces have a stock pile of modern weapons. However as I recall they got a terrible whipping from a ragtag army in Yeman not too long ago.The oil fields of the Arabian Peninsula are the jugular vain of the Industial World. If you think Iran is a problem for Isreal, think again.It’s time to bring out and dust off the tactical nukes……..

  • Islamic State of Ignorance & Savagery. 

  • Sounds exactly like what is going to happen.  Right now it looks like the arabs are doing their best to exterminate each other and I see no reason to stop them from doing it.

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    • Mo do I. It’s is about time they finished their internal problem that started in the 7th century.

  • The US still has bases in Saudi Arabia. But after 9/11 and the fact that many of the attackers had close ties with the Saudis, there is a lot of love loss.  The only reason we maintain the E3 bases is for defense of US oil interests.  But if the US is able to get further away from Saudi oil then we can some day reach a point where we can walk away from them and let the ISIS turn it into a typical sewer like they have done anywhere else they conqurered.

  • Maybe someone can explain to me the relation btw ISIS and the Saud Monarchy?Would ISIS be looking to serve them, destroy them, co-exist with them?It’s not clear to me if petrodollars are funding ISIS, why they would be a threat now to their sponsors?

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    • good question. Here comes a good answer. The Saudi government does NOT sponser ISIS, it’s saudi business men and saudi clerics acting independantly from the Saudi government. Isis believe that there should be no monachy in islamic countries, therefore they would not work with the Saudi royal family.They would kill them by chopping their heads off( at least then the Saudi royal family would get a taste of their own medicine, btw, i hate isis also.

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      • I think you are right Mormon. Although Isis are Wahhabi as are most of the Muslim Brotherhood, they have no love for the concept of monarchy and especially absolute hereditary monarchy as they have in Saudi Arabia. I think one of the first things they will do if they capture Saudi Arabia will be to execute the Royal Family and their blood relatives. I worked in saudi Arabia and I can tell you that there is very little love for the House of Saud among the people there. They just put up and shut up because to do otherwise will land them in jail or end up as the Friday attraction in Chop-Chop Square in Riyadh.  

  • Enjoy watching ISIS Sunnis destroy everything Shiite.  ISIS Islamists promised to work destroy the Kaaba in Mecca after its conquest of Saudi Arabia.Watch Islamic terrorists kill one another and destroy their own homes and Islamic holy sights.  Stupid is as stupid does, 7th Century Islamic illiterates.

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    • This is great!  I thought we might have to nuke the Kaaba ourselves…but happy day!– our Islamofascist friends are going to take care of it FOR us!!  Allah speed, my friends…

    • those Iraqui’s are a bit like our weather…. a little sunni, but mostly shiite!

  • Three of those nations are nuclear powers and nowhere near as tolerant as the USA. Good luck with that conquest.

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    • The map includes India and Australia – I don’t think so!They’d certainly get a better fight from the Aussies than they did from those cowardly Iraquis!

  • It looks like ISIS is just another Taliban, which we started, and also which seems to have gotten out of control, if that is even the case. 

  • Oh dear.   ISIS have ambitions to take Mecca and Medina.   I wonder what would happen to Shi’as wanting to go on Haj?Ideally everyone would get on in peace and harmony,  but the one advantage with Sunnis tearing into Shi’as and vice versa is that they both have a little less time to persecute and provoke westerners.

  • Muslims killing Muslims…..go for it!

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    • Jeremiah – If ISIS took over Sauidi Arabia, the King and royal family would be pushed out or killed. Individuals in SA contribute to ISIS because they beleive in them and their aims. Royality may contribute, not because they like ISIS, but because they hate Isis’s main enemy, Iran and as an insurance. But their insurance policies won’t help them if ISIS takes over.Don

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      • David,It will happen in a big way and last for a long time. But both sides consider us (the US) the big Satan and will train many to sneak in and kill us, too.Don

  • Saudi Arabia, unlike Iraq, has an army that won’t run at the first sign of a fight.  If any Muslim monarch has maintained and grown their influence it is Saudi Arabia, so if anyone is going to be Calif it should be the Saudi King.They won’t let a scruffy terrorist getting ahead of himself keep claim to that title, particularly when he was largely bankrolled by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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    • ISIS and all the sympathisers are living in cuckoo land. establishing Caliphat is not a man’s job, it is initiated by Allh Himself. Those who strive to become a Caliph better look around. According to the decree of Allah, there cannot be two Caliphs at the same time on the surface of earth. It has never happened in history and Insha’Allah will never. Those who do attempt to establish a secnd/false Caliphat are obliterated. Histry proves it.A Caliph/Khalifa already exists. 

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      • Just forget about your garbage, illiterate, throwback, phony-baloney “religion”, and find a real one, like Judaism, or Christianty.  Simple.

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      • which religion do you belong to? Christianity or Judaism or any other religion does not teach the language you have used!! 

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      • Oooooo! BT, good one. And as a Christian and political conservative, that’s probably the only thing we’ll agree on. But touche’ my muslim friend.

      • That’s not the way you talk to someone.

  • Saudi Deserve this terrorit as leader of own country. because they supporting them even before 911.

  • That is a map from the game victoria 2, after all the austrian empire and italy and russian empre shown are from teh 1860 bookmark in the game, look it up

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    • It is clear now that ISIS supports the re-instatement of the Hapsburg empire with borders established from its height of power in 1836, Turkish/Ottoman rule of the Balkans, and the 19th Century Imperial Russian Empire. God save us all.

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      • They want to resetablish the Islamic empire reverting back to their glory days from the Middle Ages.

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      • It’s called ‘mental illness’.  

    • Great catch, sadly most Muslims are trapped in the 9th century, which eplains the map’s age

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      • Now that is a corny comment Mr Rosenblum”.

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