Hundreds of Saudi Students in US Reportedly Joined ISIS, Leadership Knew

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June 2nd, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Al Mayadeen – – translated by Samer Hussein –     

Institute for Gulf Affairs published a report, claiming that hundreds of Saudi students who received their scholarships and were studying at American universities, have joined the ranks of ISIS and other terrorist groups in the past three years.

The report comes, following a three years long effort of tracking some 400 students from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The report includes names and photos of alleged ISIS associates, indicating that Saudi nationals form the largest group of US residents who have joined ISIS.

It is believed that since 9/11, as many as 15000 Saudi nationals may have joined terrorist groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and the likes in order to enter the battlefields of Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait and Afghanistan. 

In addition, Saudi nationals make the largest group of foreign volunteers in ISIS.

The report also points out that US security officials turned a blind eye on the Saudi nationals, likely due to close ties of certain US officials with Saudi leadership, such as those of the recently dismissed CIA Director John Brennan and senior members of the Saudi royal family, in particularly the Crown Prince Mohammed Naif Al Saud.

According to report, several high ranking Saudi officials knew their citizens were affiliated with ISIS. 

Among them are Khaled Abdul Rahman Al Dayeh, first secretary at Saudi embassy in Washington​​, Saudi Interior Minister Mohammed Naif Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubeir, Noura Al Nafisi, Director of Cultural and Social Affairs Department at the Saudi Cultural
Mission in Washington and others.

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