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Sen. Murphy: US blind support for Saudis aiding extremism

Sen. Murphy: US blind support for Saudis aiding extremism

An influential US senator has questioned Washington’s unwavering support for Saudi Arabia despite the regime’s backing of extremist ideology and its military offensive in Yemen.


“For all the positive aspects of our alliance with Saudi Arabia, there is another side to Saudi Arabia,” Senator Chris Murphy said in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Friday, Press TV reported.

"And it is a side that we can no longer afford to ignore as our fight against Islamic extremism becomes more focused and more complicated," he added.

Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said the United States does not have “a particularly credible long term strategy” for the Middle East because of “some very uncomfortable truths” about the nature of the fight against terrorism and the alliance with Saudi Arabia.

For decades, oil was the bedrock of the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, two nations that share few common values.

Experts say the oil-based mutual dependency that goes back to the early 1930s is becoming increasingly irrelevant as American oil production is surging and the Saudi leadership is running into trouble.

For its relatively small population and weak military, Saudi Arabia has played a major role in US military interventions in the region, mainly because of its massive purchases of weapons from the United States.


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