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The United States and its allies in Afghanistan, Israel in supporting Hamas at its inception, Iran in sponsoring various bodies named "Hezbollah" in the 1980s, and Pakistan with the Haqqani group among others, all have given in to this temptation.Groups such as Al-Qaeda, using Islam as a cover for a broader global agenda, are often termed "jihadist" in allusion to their attempts at religious justification for their acts of violence.Saudi Arabia, which practices a particularly conservative form of Islam, Wahhabism, and which promotes Salafist Islam politically and financially throughout the Muslim world, is often depicted by outsiders as the treasurer and mastermind, and above all the inspiration, behind the global jihadist movement.Since the challenge for leadership of the Muslim world posed by revolutionary Shiite Iran in 1979, Saudi Arabia has sought to weaken its rival by playing the sectarian card and diminish Iran's claims to Muslim leadership.Thereafter Saudi Arabia itself came under terrorist attack in 2005 and 2006 .Saudi Arabia has already moved to ban the Muslim Brotherhood and take its distance from Hamas.
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