The ISIL was a movement created by certain regional states, headed by Saudi Arabia, with sectarian and political goals,” Maliki, a former Prime Minister, told FNA in the Northeastern city of Mashhad on Wednesday.
“The ISIL is supported by Saudi Arabia and Turkey as Ankara sought to overthrow President Assad’s government,” he added.
Elsewhere, Maliki referred to the internal situation in Iraq and its fight against the terrorist groups, and underlined the popular forces’ vital role in taking back ISIL-held regions.
The popular forces helped the Iraqi army after senior clerics issued a fatwa (religious decree) in support of campaign against terrorism and “we believe that there wouldn’t have been any Iraq now if it hadn’t been for them”, he added.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia are supplying terrorist groups in Syria with arms and funds.
A report in May quoted the Syrian sources as saying that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, held coordination meetings with the country’s senior officials to jointly supply the terrorist groups in the Syrian province of Idlib with arms and fund.
The sources said that Saudi Arabia has funded and armed the terrorists, who belong to the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and other militant groups.
The terrorist groups also gained the logistical support from the Turkish side.
In Turkey, a command room was established in order to lead the terrorist attack against the Syrian army, according to the same sources which also assert that Saudi Arabia purchases satellite photos for the benefit of the room itself.
Battlefield sources confirmed the given reports, noting that Turkey provided the terrorists during the battles with an internet supply that links their computers and smart phones to a Turkish drone that gives them all the needed data.