Tariq Saleh, a senior ISIS commander who was incarcerated in 2017 held an interview with the Iraqi Al-Sabah daily, blasting the Saudi monarch Salman bin Abdulaziz for not fulfilling his promises to equip the extremist organization with weapons and assisting it financially.
Saleh made the remarks in the notorious Nasiriyah Central Prison on Saturday, adding that the Saudi king is the incarnation of Satan, the epitome of corruption, shameless traitor and his name will be immortal through the history as the most treacherous king Saudi Arabia ever witnessed.
Meanwhile, a leaked internal memo shows how Saudi officials in 2015 commuted 1,200 death row inmates, mostly accused of murder, under the condition they go and fight in Syria, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.
From the memo:
We have reached an agreement with them that they will be exempted from the death sentence and given a monthly salary to their families and loved ones, who will be prevented from travelling outside Saudi Arabia in return for rehabilitation of the accused and their training in order to send them to Jihad in Syria.
Saudi officials apparently gave them a choice: decapitation or jihad? In total, inmates from Yemen, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Jordan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, and Kuwait chose to go and fight in Syria.