Saudi Arabia’s head of state, King Abdullah, issued a dire warning to the West if they choose to ignore the Muslim extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” Abdullah said at a Friday diplomatic ceremony, later quoted by Saudi television.
“Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” he continued. “You see how they [jihadists] carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street.”
“It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and [necessary] speed’,” he declared, according to an Agence France Press report.
ISIS has conquered vast swaths of land in Iraq and Syria in recent months, all the while committing horrific war atrocities. In the last month alone, the group has threatened to exterminate the Yazidi religious minority group in Iraq, beheaded an American journalist and threatened to do the same to another, and summarily executed 250 captured Syrian troops on camera.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama said that the U.S. has no strategy for dealing with ISIS, but promised to continue bombing the terrorist group’s positions in northern Iraq to help America’s allies, the Kurds. (RELATED: Fox’s Ed Henry To Earnest: Why’s Obama Still Playing Golf When He Has No Strategy?)