Saudi Arabia fights pull of Islamic State

Just outside Riyadh, the dunes fill up at weekends with pleasure seekers, staking out picnic spots safe from the four-wheel drive vehicles that churn up sand as they race through the desert.

Mishan al-Onzi is hanging out with a group of his teenage friends. They are from the north of the country next to Iraq, where Islamic State (IS) controls large swathes of territory.

Mishan tells me that a friend from home has gone to Syria to join IS.

“Those from a lower class, who don’t have any awareness, those are the people Daesh looks for,” he says, using an Arabic acronym for the group.

“They are easy for Daesh to brainwash.”

According to the Ministry of Interior, some 2,600 Saudis have joined extremist groups in Syria since 2011, around 600 of whom have returned. Last year alone, 400 were arrested in relation to IS activities inside the Kingdom.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Coming to a Muslim-ruled country near you.

    • We are defending our ally Saudi Arabia, exporter of Muslim terrorism.

  • When viewed as a big picture, Islamic theology creates a dysfunctional society. The greater the numbers of believers the greater the dysfunction.

    In Saudi Arabia the monster of Islamic theology comes full circle. Islam starts to created dysfunction on top of dysfunction.

    • All Muslim states are failed states, Islam cripples humanity.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The Saudis are finding that the monster has turned against Dr. Frankenstein.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Good news. We need to see all 7000 princes, as well as all their wives and children, lynched from every lightpole in the kingdom. And then when they’re done with that burn their country to the ground and rape, kill and eat whoever’s left. I call it energy independence.

    • Anything is possible, more likely they will take up residence in New York London and Zurich.