JEDDAH: The Daesh terrorist group in Iraq is threatening to kill Saudi nationals disillusioned with its actions and who want to return home.

This is the reason no Saudis have yet surrendered to the authorities in the country, an online publication quoted Thamer Al-Sabhan, Saudi ambassador to Iraq, as saying.

The reopening of the Saudi embassy in Baghdad will allow Saudi Arabia and Iraq to cooperate on security and the fight against extremism, said the envoy.

The Saudi government is still inviting Saudis who had joined Daesh and others such as Al-Nusra Front, to turn themselves over to the authorities, said the envoy.

He said citizens who willingly surrender are treated differently compared to those who are arrested, with their trials taking into account this as a mitigating factor, in line with announcements made by the Saudi Interior Ministry in 2014.

The embassy provides all services needed to ensure they return home, he said.

Al-Sabhan’s comments come in the wake of the Iraqi military managing to recapture several cities from Daesh recently including Diyala Province and Ramadi in Anbar Province.

Saudi Arabia has reopened its embassy in Baghdad, after a 25-year shutdown, which will allow the two countries to cooperate more closely against terrorism, Al-Arabiya TV reported.

The Sakinah Campaign, meanwhile, stated that it now appears that Daesh terrorists and their leader Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi Al-Baghdadi are losing ground among Saudi youth because of their recent intellectual and military setbacks, including the defeats inflicted on Houthis in Yemen.

Courtesy Arab News