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Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

8 months ago August 30, 2014 Aug 30, 2014 Saturday, August 30 2014 Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:54:24 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that terrorist groups will attack Europe and the United States unless they are faced with collective "power and speed" from the international community.

King Abdullah's comments come as the Islamic State group has seized wide swaths of land across Syria and Iraq.

While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, Abdullah said that he is "certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America."

The king's comments late Friday appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against extremists in the region. Saudi Arabia has backed rebels fighting in Syria, but is concerned that extremists there could turn their weapons on the kingdom.

State media carried the king's comments to foreign ambassadors early Saturday.

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