Published — Friday 15 January 2016
TANOUMA: Iran is arming and supporting terror groups in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, according to a security expert.
Mohammad Abdullah bin Fayez said Tehran has given arms and money to 30 groups with more than 200,000 members in these countries, allowing them to oppress the citizens of these nations and open up the door for Iranian rule.
Bin Fayez said this is happening in Syria, with support for militias consisting of 40,000 to 45,000 soldiers, aided by about 15,000 Iraqi, Iranian and Lebanese fighters, according to a media report on Thursday.
In Lebanon it established a large party and militia made up of 15,000 to 20,000 fighters and provided them with heavy war machinery. In Yemen, it supports the deposed president, Houthis and its militia made up of 50,000 fighters.
In Iraq, there is a permanent presence of thousands of visitors, soldiers and merchants who have a great influence on the country’s political decision making process.
Bin Fayez said this has resulted in the death of a million citizens and the displacement of 15 million, of which 11 million is from Syria, in addition to material losses of $400 billion.
He said there has been a serious breach of security and the strategic balance of power in the Middle East because of these events, posing a danger to the Kingdom, the Gulf states and Jordan.
He said the Kingdom under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has been working with these nations to defeat the Iranians, which includes assisting Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. Bin Fayez said that efforts should be doubled to fight this danger.