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Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Al-Nusra All Invented, Raised in Saudi Arabia: Ex-Yemeni President

Ali Abdullah Saleh, former President of Yemen, believes Saudi-backed exiled president, Mansour Hadi, has no legitimacy and also Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Al-Nusra groups of terror are all invented and raised in Saudi Arabia.

Yemen’s ex-president in an interview with RT described the Saudi Regime’s crimes as saying: “More than 8,000 people have been killed. There were a lot of children, women and elderly among them. And I’m talking only about the number of casualties among the civilian population. Furthermore, 27,000 people have been injured. All of these people are casualties of the Saudi regime.”

“They attacked us, we didn’t attack them. They are killing our women, our elderly and children. Why? We’ve never had any religious disputes. Why have they appeared now? We have our religious views, you have yours. Why are you [Saudis] killing the Yemeni people, who are your neighbors and brothers?” Saleh added.

He refer the origin of Terror groups such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, and al-Nusra front to Saudi Arabia and told Russian based website: “Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Al-Nusra are all derivatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was invented and raised in Saudi Arabia. These organizations also operate in Russia and in Europe. All of them are Saudi Arabia’s invention. Later Qatar and Turkey have also started using them, and finance them to achieve their own goals. There were none of them in Yemen for a long while, and everything that then appeared came from Saudi Arabia under different names, [such as] Salafis, Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda.”

Saleh believes that the exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, whose forces are based in Aden and who is supported by Saudi Arabia, “has no legitimacy.” He should “render himself to the international tribunal as a war criminal,” Saleh said, adding that opposition forces only support dialogue with the people of Yemen.

Illustrating the status quo of economic condition and country’s destruction without receiving tax or oil, gas money, Ali Abdullah Saleh said: “And if there is some oil, it’s being controlled and sold by Al-Qaeda in Hadramaut [a region in Yemen on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula] and Shabwah [a governorate in central Yemen]. They sell it on the market within the country. Al-Qaeda gets all the money from it. And this all happens in full view of the Saudi regime. They tell the world, which doesn’t want to understand anything: ‘We are against Al-Qaeda.’ What Al-Qaeda, what ISIL? They are ISIL. They are Al-Qaeda. Everyone knows what this regime is about. It buys people’s conscience by making buy and sell deals on weapons, as well as inking political deals by paying money to influential people in different countries of the world… Saudi Arabia pursues only its own interests.”

On the issue of military aids from other countries, Saleh stressed that Iran is not helping us although we would like to receive some military and other aid from Iran.

“We would like to receive some military and other aid from Iran. But it’s not helping us.” He continued: “not a single Iranian military and no Iranian weapon has been discovered in Yemen,” ”Should they have found anything, it would long have been put on UN’s agenda.”

President of Yemen from 1990 to 2012 criticized the presence and surveillance of US and stated: “US has the most powerful intelligence services working in all countries and knowing and seeing everything.”

Saleh end his speeches by saying that he would never again agree to be in power himself.

“I’ve been part of the political process for 45 years. Enough for me,” he said.

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