There's A Whole Bunch Of Anti-Saudi Posters Popping Up In Iraq

The ads are just a small part in a growing war of words between Saudi Arabia and Iran over just who's to blame for sectarianism in the region.

For those of you just tuning in, Saudi Arabia and Iran are nobody's idea of BFFs. For much of the last decade, the two have been locked in an increasingly perilous struggle for regional dominance in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia's place in Islam as the home of Mecca, the religion's holiest city, has become a flashpoint for the two, following a deadly stampede last year.

Ahead of this year's pilgrimage, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei unleashed one of his most ferocious anti-Saudi tirades yet.

Iranian allies in Iraq followed the speech by erecting anti-Saudi posters all over the capital, Baghdad.

Anti-#Saudi posters on billboards, appeared in #Baghdad,#Iraq #KSA 📸

One featured the green swords of the Saudi flag laid out in the shape of the Star of David, describing the royal family as “evil progeny” who’ve hijacked the hajj from other Muslims.

Common Iran-style billboards in Baghdad nowadays, comparing Saudi Arabia to ISIS, al-Qaeda and of course Jews. #Iraq

And on Thursday, Khamenei's Facebook page posted this image with an explanation of why the term "evil progeny" was being thrown around.

"Saudi Arabia is a close ally to the United States and Zionist regime and actively supports, funds and arms Al-Qaeda and ISIL, is red-handed in killing of innocent civilians in Yemen, and displayed monumental incompetence in the case of Mina stampede in September 2015, and before that, in the crane collapse, which totally killed more than 6,000 hajj pilgrims along with 1987 opening fire on rallying hajj pilgrims from Iran and other countries," the post concludes.

Saudi Arabia was more than willing to put the ball back in Iran's court on Friday, saying it was they who had stirred up sectarianism in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al Jubeir blames #Iran for creating sectarianism in Middle East.

Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir's accusation came a day after his fellow Arab foreign ministers issued a statement condemning Khamenei’s speech “in the strongest terms,” and reaffirmed Saudi authority over Hajj.

But that message didn't exactly stick in Iran, where Khamenei supporters in Tehran Friday took to the street in anti-Saudi demonstrations.

The latest round of the spat between the two will continue to extend beyond their borders, affecting people in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, and Iraq.

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