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Saudi King Warns Iran to Stay Out of Iraq

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Saudi King Warns Iran to Stay Out of Iraq

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Saudi King Warns Iran to Stay Out of Iraq

Saudi King Warns Iran to Stay Out of Iraq

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In a rare comment over the weekend, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned that Iran is not only interfering in Iraqi affairs, but is attempting to spread Shiite Islam in the majority-Sunni Middle East.

The Saudi king told a Kuwaiti newspaper that he warned an Iranian envoy that Iran's actions were endangering the Gulf.

As the defender of the Sunni faith in the Muslim world, Saudi Arabia is increasingly concerned about the spiraling sectarian bloodshed in Iraq, and about Iran's efforts to flex its political muscle in the region.

But unlike the Americans, the Saudis are talking to Tehran.

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