Prince Turki Al Faisal, former Ambassador to the United States from Saudi Arabia, was interviewed July 1, 2014 by Christiane Amanpour of CNN. Here is the video and an excerpt from the accompanying article.
Syria ‘a festering wound’ that fostered ISIS, says former Saudi intelligence chief
Mike Krever, CNN | Jul 1, 2014
Syria, “a festering wound that collects the worst bacteria in the world,” is largely responsible for the strength of groups like ISIS, former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.
“My personal view is that the conflict in Syria particularly has been a main source of this growth in these terrorist activities.”
A day after the leader of ISIS declared an Islamic “caliphate,” the group is calling on Muslims around the world to unite around its “Islamic state.”
Saudi Arabia – Iraq’s neighbor and regional Sunni power – believes that will never happen, but is nonetheless sounding the alarm.
“It’s a terrorist organization that has specialized in brutal killings,” al-Faisal said. “So it is a danger to the whole area and I think to the rest of the world.”