King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Muslim in the world, is warning IS, formerly ISIS, will soon attack the United States.
"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he told Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-owned pan-Arab Al-Arabiya television on Saturday.
"Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," he added.
"It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed’."
ISIS and its predecessor, al-Qaeda, were financed by Saudi Arabia. The Saudis routinely denounce the terrorist groups they finance after the groups gain international notoriety.
The Saudis are now engaged in a propaganda campaign designed to put distance between the monarchy and IS.
The Saudi ambassador to the United Nations issued a stern rebuttal after The Guardian said Saudi Arabia has been “funding the most intolerant brand of Islam” and the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a statement condemning the Islamic State.
“Saudi Arabia has been a major source of financing to rebel and terrorist organizations since the 1970s, thanks to the amount it has spent on spreading its puritan version of Islam, developed by Mohammed Abdul Wahhab in the 18th century,” writes Paul Vallely for the Belfast Telegraph.
The former Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, has accused Saudi Arabia and the neighboring Wahhabist kingdom of Qatar of financing IS.
"I accuse them of inciting and encouraging the terrorist movements. I accuse them of supporting them politically and in the media, of supporting them with money and by buying weapons for them," he told France 24 television in March.