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New ISIS attack in Saudi Arabia near oil fields

Saudi Aramco oilfield area

Saudi Aramco oilfield area

The Islamic State , ISIS claims credit for a suicide bombing of a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia on May 22 that killed at least 19 people with about 70 injured, “some very critically”. Dozens of people were injured in the blast and the death toll is expected to rise.

The ISIS attack resulted in a huge blast at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, in Qatif governorate during Friday prayers.

The village of al-Qadeeh is only and 20 miles north of Dhahran the location of Saudi Aramco, the source of Saudi Arabia’s vast oil production. Al-Qadeeh is also only 14 miles away from Saudi Arabia’s port of Ras Tanura, from where the country ships most of its oil.

This shows that ISIS has is already present in the area and a major threat to the largest source of crude oil in the world. This fact has been suppressed by the media-so far.

The two million Shias in Saudi Arabia live mainly in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province where Saudi Arabia’s vast oilfields are located.

The Sunni ISIS extremists have a special loathing for the Shia and, in addition, they will almost certainly have been looking to raise sectarian tensions between Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority and the rest of the population.

These Shia/Sunni tensions in already exist in Saudi Arabia as a Saudi court has sentenced to death a prominent Saudi Shia religious leader, Nimr al-Nimr, for “sedition” and “disobeying” the kingdom’s rulers.

Nimr al-Nimr, who is in his 50s, was a driving force behind demonstrations in the oil-rich Eastern Province in 2011 against the kingdom’s Sunni rulers, in tandem with the Shia-led protests in neighboring Bahrain.

Map of Saudi Aramco oil field - al-Qadeeh area.

Location of al Qadeeh in Saudi Arabia

Now Shia anger will likely be directed at the Saudi authorities (mainly Sunnis) for failing to protect their community in Eastern Province.

Shias have been concerned for some time at inflammatory speeches given by hardline Sunnis that depict them as being ‘not real Muslims’, a view shared by ISIS.

In a statement published online, IS said “the soldiers of the Caliphate” were behind the attack and pledged “dark days ahead” for the Shia community. It identified the bomber as Abu Amer al-Najdi.

Saudi Arabia has previously been threatened by ISIS in several border attacks – one in which ISIS killed several Saudi soldiers including a General.

Slowly, ISIS has been penetrating Saudi Arabia. More than 2,000 Saudis are believed to have joined ISIS and Saudi Arabia has launched a security crackdown in recent months, arresting hundreds of ISIS suspects.

With Syria, Iraq and Libya being invaded by ISIS, will Saudi Arabia be next?

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