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11/17/09

Iran's top general warns of Saudi 'Wahhabism Terrorism'

Source: Press TV


Major General Hassan Firouzabadi says the continuation of "Wahhabism Terrorism" will have consequences for the entire region. (file photo)

Iran's top general says the involvement of the Saudi kingdom in massacring Shias in Yemen is the beginning of "State Wahhabism Terrorism."

Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said in a statement Tuesday that statesmen in Yemen and Saudi Arabia must realize that the continuation of "Wahhabism Terrorism" would have consequences for the entire region.

Wahhabism is an extremely intolerant interpretation of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. The sect gained momentum after the discovery of oil in the kingdom in 1938, helping it spread throughout the Middle East.

The fighting in Yemen started in August when government forces launched attacks on areas inhabited by Shia civilians and Houthi fighters.

In early stages of the conflict, the fighters accused Riyadh of helping Sana'a with military support as well as allocating areas inside Saudi territory to Yemeni forces to launch attacks on the Houthis.

Saudi Arabia initially denied any involvement in the fighting. However, two weeks ago, the Saudi military launched an offensive against the Shia fighters.

Maj. Gen. Firouzabadi said the ongoing war is the result of efforts in Britain and the United States to cause rifts among Muslims around the globe.

He warned that the Sana'a fighting is the prelude for further regional conflicts to come.

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