File - Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) at his private residence in the Red Sea city of Jeddah in this June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah condemned Friday Islamist extremists who he said have besmirched Islam by committing atrocities in the name of religion, and spoke out against "international silence" as Israel pursues its bloody offensive in Gaza.In recent weeks ISIS militants have posted gory footage of their actions in both countries, such as summary executions and displaying the severed heads of their victims, who have included soldiers from both countries' armies, as well as Syrian rebel fighters.They have also declared a caliphate in areas they control, and are adamantly opposed to rulers in the neighboring countries of Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Abdullah also condemned international silence over Israel's offensive, saying it qualified as a war crime and "state-sponsored terrorism".Saudi Arabia has so far pledged nearly $80 million in aid for the Palestinian people since the Gaza war began.
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