By creating the coalition, Riyadh is trying to regain the initiative in the region, where Russia is currently achieving significant success in the fight against Daesh terrorists, Majid al-Gharaoui, a member of the Iraqi Parliament's Security Committee, told Sputnik.
"Once they noted that the Russian Federation started to support Iraq and Syria and demonstrate a more serious approach to the fight against Daesh and other terrorist groups than the US-led coalition, they started to try to regain the initiative, to create a new road map for the region," the politician said.
According to al-Gharaoui, the new initiative may lead to a further division in the Muslim society and deepen the split between various courses of Islam.
Earlier, Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud said that the purpose of the coalition will be the fight not only against Daesh, but also against other terrorist groups.
According to Al-Gharaoui, the statement of the Saudi Defense Minister is further complicating the situation, as the goals of the new alliance — with regard to what "terrorist groups" are to become target of the coalition's activities — largely remain uncertain. For instance, the Saudis mentioned the Shi'a militant and political group Hezbollah, which is not viewed as a terrorist organization by Iraq.