An al-Qaeda group linked to Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services has dispatched 600 of its members to the southern Iraqi city of Basra to carry out terrorist attacks.
The terrorists have been given orders to blow up oil pipelines, launch attacks on oil refineries, and incite ethnic violence in the city, according to the report.
The report also said that some of the terrorists had fake identification cards allegedly issued by Al-Salam University of Medina, Saudi Arabia.
The men reportedly received their training in the Syria-Iraq border region and are planning to attack religious sites in the Iraqi cities of Samarra, Baghdad, Karbala, and Najaf.
The Iraqi government says Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are spearheading a campaign to incite violence and ethnic strife in the country.
In January 2013, Iraqi security forces arrested 250 Saudi-backed Wahhabi terrorists who had entered the country.
The terrorists, who had been active in the Middle Euphrates region, were reportedly ordered to carry out armed operations in several cities across Iraq.
According to an Iraqi military commander, Saudi spy chief Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had allocated $250 million for terrorist operations in the country.
He also said that Bandar bin Sultan had hired fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi to conduct terrorist attacks.
Violence has increased in Iraq since December 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued for al-Hashemi, who has been charged with running a death squad targeting Iraqi officials and Shia Muslims.
In response, the Iraqi government stepped up efforts to increase security across the country.