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QUOTE: Saudi-Iran Feud Poses Threat to Iraq’s Effort to Combat ISIS

By Ben Hubbard, Anne Barnard and Somini Sengupta,  January 6, 2016

THE NEW YORK TIMES: At the same time, Zaid al-Ali, a lecturer and fellow at Princeton University and the author of “The Struggle for Iraq’s Future,” said the specifics of the Saudi-Iran split would have relatively little effect on Iraqis.

Iraqi history has left Saudi Arabia with a more complicated relationship with Iraq’s Sunnis than it has with its sectarian brethren in other Arab countries.

“The Saudis consider Iraqi Sunnis to be republican agitators, and the Iraqi Sunnis don’t really like the Saudis either,” he added. “Although some are happy to take their money.”

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