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Saudi Arabia sees allies among Iraq's Sunni tribes

The kingdom is distinguishing between Sunni tribes opposed to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
Iraqi Sunni Muslims take part in an anti-government demonstration in Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad,April 19, 2013. Thousands of Sunni Muslims protested after Friday prayers in huge rallies against Shi'ite Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, demanding that he step down. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTXYSEV
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The latest developments in Iraq — the collapse of the Iraqi army in Mosul and the advance of local Sunni factions and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) toward Baghdad — constitute a new challenge for Saudi foreign policy.

While Riyadh would prefer not to have to deal with a sectarian, pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, it is also wary of a jihadist organizations on its northern border.

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