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  • Saudi arrests 431 ISIS-linked suspects

    07/19/2015 7:09:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | July 19, 2015
    Saudi Arabia arrested 431 people as part of a crackdown on a cluster of cells linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, the kingdom’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) said. Authorities also thwarted seven mosque attacks that had been planned by the suspects in the capital Riyadh as well as the Eastern Province, MOI Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki said in a press conference carried by Al Arabiya News Channel. Among the arrested were Saudi nationals and suspects from nine other nationalities, he said adding that the cluster of cells was divided by tasks and...
  • Meet the 90-Year-Old Saudi Who Lives in a 'Stone Age' Home Dream Is to Have Fridge and Heater

    07/15/2015 11:10:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Mohammed Abdullah Ahmed of Saudi Arabia is more than 90-years old. He lives in a shabby randomly-built little house on the edge of a small remote village. “Ahmed’s home indicates as if we are still in the Stone Age,” the Arabic language daily 'Sabq' said, adding that its reporter visited the man at his primitive home on the fringes of the village near the Western Red Sea port of Al Qunfudah. “His home has no electricity. He suffers from cold in winter and from the scorching heat in summer. He lives in the dark away from people as he has...
  • Former President Jimmy Carter meets Saudi crown prince

    03/25/2015 11:35:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | 3-25-2015 | AP
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter has met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muqrin during a visit to the kingdom. The official Saudi Press Agency says the two met in a palace in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Wednesday. The report says they discussed a number of topics but gave no details.
  • Yemen War 2015 - Men Vs Tanks: Houthi Fighters Battle Saudi Arabian Tanks On Saudi Soil

    07/06/2015 6:30:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 19, 2015 | WarLeaks
    More HD combat footage from the war in Yemen surfaced. It is now more like an Saudi-Yemeni war since the battle was fought on Saudi soil as Houthi rebels attacked Saudi Arabian tanks and border posts with guerrilla warfare tactics using small rebels groups eqipted with small arms, RPGs and ATGM launchers to target Saudi tanks and border posts.
  • WikiLeaks: Saudis tried to shield students from US scandal ( Butte, Montana )

    06/23/2015 6:20:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    ap ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and RAPHAEL SATTER
    A group of Saudi students caught in a cheating scandal at a Montana college were offered flights home by their kingdom's diplomats to avoid the possibility of deportation or arrest, according to a cache of Saudi Embassy memos recently published by WikiLeaks and a senior official at the school involved. The students were in a ring of roughly 30 alleged cheaters at Montana Tech accused of having systematically forged grades by giving presents to a college employee. The cheating was discovered — and the staffer was fired — following an investigation made public in early 2012, but the memos reveal...
  • Saudi Arabia beheads 100th person this year

    06/15/2015 8:42:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | 6-15-15
    Saudi Arabia Monday beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker and a national convicted of murder, taking to 100 the number of executions in the kingdom this year. The number of executions has surged in 2015 compared with the 87 recorded by AFP for all of last year. But it is still far below the record 192 which rights group Amnesty International said took place in 1995. Syrian Ismael al-Tawm smuggled "a large amount of banned amphetamine pills into the kingdom", said an interior ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. He was beheaded in the northern region of Jawf.
  • Yemen Rebels fire 3 Scud missiles at Saudi Airbase

    06/06/2015 12:34:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | 6-6-2015 | By Zaid Al-Alayaa and Laura King
    n the first such attack of the 10-week-old conflict in Yemen, Shiite Muslim rebels early Saturday launched three Scud missiles toward a large Saudi air base, the insurgents reported. The Saudis acknowledged the firing of one missile, which they said was shot down. The episode came as the United Nations is struggling to bring the two sides together for talks that are envisioned to begin June 14. Both sides appear to be seeking to shore up their gains in advance of any negotiations. The Houthis’ Masirah television reported the missile firings, which Saudi Arabian reports said were aimed at the...
  • ISIS fighters complain of favoritism in picking suicide bombers

    05/31/2015 10:17:25 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 18 replies
    digitaljournal.com ^ | 5/29/2014 | Kesavan Unnikrishnan
    The existence of a long waiting list for potential suicide bombers was revealed in a recent ISIS guidebook published online telling potential suicide bombers to be patient after their training period, as they’d have to deal with a long waiting list. As a result, militants are forced to spend months waiting for a suicide mission and are getting killed in battle — considered to be a less noble way to die. Kamil Abu Sultan ad-Daghestani, a pro-Islamic State preacher from Dagestan, Russia, made the accusations in a recent post on the Russian language jihadi website Qonah claiming that rich Saudi...
  • Billionaire [Saudi] buys towering $95M Manhattan condo, report says

    05/31/2015 8:02:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies
    upi ^ | May 30, 2015 | Doug G. Ware
    NEW YORK, - A Saudi real estate magnate is reportedly under contract to purchase the second-most expensive condo in New York City, for the price of $95 million. The towering unit, located at 432 Park Ave. in Midtown Manhattan -- the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere -- was placed under contract in 2013 but has yet to close, various news media reported. The buyer is said to be Fawaz Al Hokair, a Saudi real-estate magnate worth a reported $1.37 billion. Developers Macklowe Properties and CIM Group, as they do with all other buyers, declined to confirm Hokair's presence...
  • Saudi Arabia attack: Islamic State claims Shia mosque bombing

    05/22/2015 9:25:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-22-2015 | BBC
    The Islamic State (IS) group says it was behind a suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia that killed at least 10 people. The attack in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province is the first to be claimed by the Saudi branch of IS, which was formally established last November. The claim was posted on Twitter with an image of the bomber by an account that is a reliable source on the group. IS has previously threatened to attack Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Witnesses reported a huge blast at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, in...
  • Saudi Arabia reveals plans for world's largest hotel to cater for Muslims on annual pilgrimage [tr]

    05/21/2015 7:15:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2015 | Emily Payne
    Plans have been unveiled to build the world's largest hotel, which could be open as early as 2017. The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a city visited each year more than 15million Muslims. With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by multi-national design group Dar Al Handasah will have a total area of 4.6 million square feet.
  • Obama seeks to reassure Gulf leaders amid specter of Iran, possible nuclear race

    05/14/2015 10:34:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    he New York Times reported late Wednesday that Saudi Arabia and other small Arab states were expected to make the case to Obama that they should be allowed to enrich whatever amount of nuclear material Iran is permitted to under the terms of a permanent deal that is due to be agreed on by the end of June. "We can’t sit back and be nowhere as Iran is allowed to retain much of its capability and amass its research," one Arab leader due to meet with Obama told The Times Monday. The paper also reported that Prince Turki bin Faisal,...
  • Saudi Arabia: King Didn't Mean to Snub Obama

    05/11/2015 10:18:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 5/11/15 | Ben Ariel
    Saudi Arabia's foreign minister insisted on Monday that King Salman's last minute decision not to attend a Camp David summit was not intended as a snub to the United States, AFP reported. The White House, meanwhile, said that the king spoke with President Barack Obama and "expressed his regret" for missing the summit. "This is not related in any way, shape or form to any disagreement between the two countries," Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters at Saudi Arabia's embassy Washington, according to AFP. On Sunday, Jubeir announced that King Salman would skip the May 14 summit of Persian Gulf...
  • Obama weighs offering Saudi Arabia weapons provided only to Israel

    05/05/2015 10:49:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    washington times ^ | 5/5/15 | Guy Taylor
    The Obama administration is quietly pushing Sunni Arab allies in the Persian Gulf to create an advanced missile defense system, and is preparing to ramp up sophisticated weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in an effort to ease regional fears over a potential nuclear deal with Iran. With Secretary of State John F. Kerry set to visit Saudi Arabia Wednesday and Thursday, officials privately say the administration is weighing whether to offer Riyadh — already a major buyer of American and European weaponry — GBU-28 bunker buster bombs Washington has so far only been willing to provide to Israel. The discussions...
  • As U.S. cuts, Saudi oil-rig counts hit record highs

    05/01/2015 5:45:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 1, 2015 | Myra P. Saefong
    Saudi Arabia has been making some big moves lately, most notably in its leadership reshuffle, but the country also has raised the number of rigs it has actively drilling for oil and natural gas by 30% since March 2014. James Williams, an energy economist at WTRG Economics, suggests that the Saudis are working toward increasing their oil-production CLM5, -0.65% LCOM5, -0.99% capacity to gain even more leverage over the oil market than they already have as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ so-called swing producer. The concept isn’t totally new, as some media reports also mention Saudi efforts to...
  • Saudi King replaces Crown Prince in cabinet reshuffle

    04/28/2015 8:54:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 62 replies
    AL Jazeera ^ | 4-29-2015 | Al Jazeera And Agencies
    audi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has sacked his younger half-brother as crown prince and appointed his nephew, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as the new heir apparent, state television said. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting from Jizan in the country's south, said the reshuffle was announced by royal decree via state television early on Wednesday. SNIP-- Political earthquake' Khalil Jahshan, the executive director for the Arab Centre of Washington from Fairfax, Virginia, said that the reshuffle constitutes a "political earthquake of the greatest magnitude". "The Saudi Arabia we knew a few hours ago is no longer," Jahshan told Al...
  • Saudi Arabia Says It Thwarted Suicide Bombing Attack on US Embassy: Report

    04/28/2015 8:07:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 28, 2015 | By MOLLY HUNTER and NASSER ATTA
    Saudi Arabia said today that it foiled a suicide bombing plot against the U.S. Embassy in the kingdom’s capital of Riyadh. In an announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency today, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said authorities uncovered the plot by a militant cell involving at least two Syrian citizens and a Saudi citizen to attack the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh in mid-March. The Saudi national, who had a criminal record according to the Interior Ministry, was arrested April 18 when authorities searched his car and found pipes, batteries, mobile chargers and a few electric wires, officials...
  • Judicial Watch: State Department Documents Reveal Concern about Bill Clinton’s Activities

    04/23/2015 10:17:17 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 4/23/2015 | Judicial Watch
    Routine Government Employee Information on Hillary Clinton Shielded from the Public (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it has received 126 pages of documents from the State Department related to Hillary Clinton’s possible conflicts of interest regarding her position as secretary of state. The initial Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was placed on May 2, 2011. These documents are being released as a result of a federal court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department on May 28, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-00772)). Judicial Watch also...
  • PolitiFact Gives Reince Priebus A Pass

    04/23/2015 3:41:38 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Last week, GOP chief weasel, Reince Priebus, was squawking about Hillary Clinton and how she allegedly gotten all this money from the kings of other countries, which would, of course, be illegal. The supposedly unbiased PolitiFact decided to look at his claims. Their findings: "Priebus said Clinton took "money from kings of Saudi Arabia and Morocco and Oman and Yemen." The monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Oman have contributed to the Clinton Foundation, but Yemen, which does not have a king, has not.
  • Man With Saudi Royal Ties to Be Held Without Bail [Photo in thread]

    A man with ties to the royal family in Saudi Arabia -- accused of trying to flee the U.S. to avoid being tried on a rape charge -- was ordered on Wednesday to be held without bail. Monsour Alshammari, 27, is accused of raping a woman while on a date in February in Orem, Utah An attorney for Alshamarri indicated to the judge that Alshamarri wanted to post bail to take care of his matters, but the judge ordered no bail, noting there’s an immigration hold in place. Alshamarri was free on $100,000 bail when officials said he attempted to...
  • Saudi-led Coalition Declares End to Yemen Campaign

    04/21/2015 11:39:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 75 replies
    Soviet Press Sputnik ^ | 4-21-2015 | Lavrov
    The Saudi-led coalition will now begin a new phase, titled 'Operation Restoring Hope', according to the statement of the Saudi defense ministry. Saudi-led coalition operations in Yemen are now entering a political phase. The airstrikes have eliminated all threats against the kingdom and the neighboring countries through the destruction of the heavy arms and ballistic missiles that were seized by the Houthi militias and pro-Saleh forces, according to a statement by the defense ministry. A coalition spokesman said the decision to end operation Firmness Storm followed a request from the Yemeni government.
  • U.S. trying to restrain Saudi Arabia on deadly Yemen airstrikes

    04/20/2015 10:04:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/20/15 | Brian Bennett & W.J. Hennigan
    Washington - Top Obama administration officials have failed for several days to persuade Saudi Arabia’s government to limit the scope of its airstrikes on cities and towns in Yemen, a campaign that authorities said killed nearly 50 people Monday in Sana, the capital. The U.S. effort to restrain the Saudi attacks came as the Pentagon moved the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and a guided-missile destroyer into waters off Yemen. In all, nine U.S. warships are patrolling near strategic shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea. Officials said the growing armada is meant, in part, to...
  • Control of southern entrance to the Red Sea the next Mid-East flashpoint

    04/01/2015 10:38:15 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 16 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 1, 2015 | Corky Boyd
    The Israeli intelligence blog Debka File reports that pro-Iranian Houthi troops have taken over control of the strategic straits (Bab el-Mandeb) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. This choke point threatens all commercial and military maritime traffic from the oil rich nations bound for the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean. "Control of the Red Sea Bab el-Mandeb Straits passed Tuesday, March 31 to pro-Iranian Yemeni forces when the Yemeni Army’s 117th Brigade loyal to the former Yemeni President Ali Saleh handed positions guarding the waterway to two Houthi commando battalions trained by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. This is revealed...
  • As U.S. and Iran Seek Nuclear Deal, Saudi Arabia Makes Its Own Moves

    03/31/2015 9:35:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | March 30, 2015 | By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    CAIRO — As America talks to Iran, Saudi Arabia is lashing out against it. The kingdom, Iran’s chief regional rival, is leading airstrikes against an Iranian-backed faction in Yemen; backing a blitz in Idlib, Syria, by jihadists fighting the Iranian-backed Assad regime; and warning Washington not to allow the Iranian-backed militia to capture too much of Iraq during the fight to roll back the Islamic State, according to Arab diplomats familiar with the talks. Through Egypt, a major beneficiary of Saudi aid, the kingdom is backing plans for a combined Arab military force to combat Iranian influence around the region....
  • Pakistani defense chief due in Riyadh, airlifts troops for Saudi Yemen war. Landings imminent.

    03/30/2015 11:39:49 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 25 replies
    DEBKAFile ^ | March 30, 2015 | Special Report
    The US-led world powers and Iran Monday, March 30, entered the last tense hours for a nuclear deal as though Lausanne was on a different planet from the Middle East, where the Yemen war, in which Iran is deeply involved, abruptly scooped up a power outside the region, Pakistan. A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday reaffirmed Pakistan’s “firm commitment to supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.” Among those attending were Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Defense Minister...
  • Two Saudi fighter pilots eject over Red Sea, rescued with US help

    03/28/2015 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    arabianbusiness.com ^ | 28 March 2015 | Reuters
    Two Saudi pilots ejected over the Red Sea on Friday after their fighter plane suffered a technical problem and were rescued with US assistance, state media said. "A plane of the F-15S type was stricken by a technical fault yesterday evening over the Red Sea and the two pilots were forced to use their rescue seats," state news agency SPA quoted a defense ministry official saying.
  • Yemen Ground Invasion By Saudi, Egyptian Troops Imminent

    03/26/2015 10:52:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 89 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-26-2015 | Durden
    As reported first thing today, while the initial phase of the military campaign against Yemen has been taking place for the past 18 hours and been exclusively one of airborne assaults by forces of the "Decisive Storm" coalition, Saudi hinted at what is coming next following reports that it had built up a massive 150,000 troop deployment on the border with Yemen. And as expected, moments ago AP reported that Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that the military intervention will go further, with a ground assault into Yemen by Egyptian, Saudi and other forces, planned once...
  • Iran demands immediate halt to military actions in Yemen

    03/26/2015 10:52:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 26, 2015 | Parisa Hafezi
    Iran demanded an immediate halt to Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday and said it would make all necessary efforts to control the crisis there, Iranian news agencies reported. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Thursday struck Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting to oust the country's Western-backed president. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported a ground offensive with troops from other Muslim states was being prepared.
  • Saudi Arabia is bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen who just plundered US intelligence files

    03/26/2015 4:18:01 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-25-2015 | Armin Rosen and Pamela Engel
    Yemen's crisis is getting worse and then some. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have started bombing rebel positions inside Yemen. The Sunni Kingdom added that it would do "anything necessary" to deter the Iran-backed Shiite rebels who are taking over Yemen and trying to oust US-backed President Abd Rabbah Mansur Hadi. A Saudi source told Reuters that ground troops might be needed in Yemen to "restore order." Saudi Arabia is reportedly contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the campaign against the Houthis.
  • Pakistan examining Saudi request to join operation in Yemen: FO

    03/26/2015 2:20:57 AM PDT · by csvset · 13 replies
    Dawn ^ | Mar 26, 2015 | Mateen Haider
    Pakistan examining Saudi request to join operation in Yemen: FO Dawn Report | Mateen Haider — Updated Mar 26, 2015 02:02pm ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Thursday it was examining Saudi Arabia's request to join the Gulf-led operation against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen. Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed that top Saudi officials had contacted the Pakistani leadership requesting it to join the Yemen operation. A decision has not yet been taken, Aziz said. He further said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a high-level meeting this evening to consult his close...
  • Saudi Arabia and Sunni Coalition launches WAR on Houthis in Yemen; Egypt declares OFFICIAL SUPPORT

    03/25/2015 6:00:56 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 52 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/25/2015 | The Right Scoop
    This is big news. Saudi Arabia and a Sunni coalition (UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait) has now begun bombing Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen: AL ARABIYA – Warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force bombed the positions of Yemen’s Houthi militia and destroyed most of their air defenses, Al Arabiya News Channel reported early on Thursday. Arab Gulf states had announced that they have decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they “decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda...
  • Exclusive: Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border - U.S. officials

    03/25/2015 8:59:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 24, 2015 | Mark Hosenball, Phil Stewart and Matt Spetalnick
    Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict. The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi'ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
  • Oil-Drop Pain Spreads to Saudi Arabia’s Energy Behemoth

    03/24/2015 5:06:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | SUMMER SAID and BENOÎT FAUCON
    Saudi Arabia’s refusal late last year to rein in oil production helped trigger the price crash that has hurt oil-producing countries and publicly listed energy companies alike. And now even the kingdom’s own oil company is feeling the pain. As a result, state-owned Saudi Aramco is looking for ways to cut costs everywhere, from pushing contractors for better deals on oil-well services to negotiating discounts on its phone and power bills, according to people familiar with the matter. The company—the world’s largest oil producer—is also considering slashing its future spending on production and exploration by as much as 25%, much...
  • Saudi Freshman Tries to Rape Idaho Student, Gets Released, Tries it Again

    03/21/2015 10:58:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/21/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s hard to say who comes off worst in this story; Sultan Bamoallem, a Saudi student who kept trying to assault women (and possibly men) on campus… or the university and cops who let him go to do it again. An ISU student is accused of entering multiple dorm rooms and inappropriately touching the occupants over a two-week period.Sultan Bamoallem, a freshman finance major from Saudi Arabia, faces multiple misdemeanor charges including trespassing, battery and stalking.Pocatello police said on Feb 23, Bamoallem entered a female student’s dorm in Turner Hall. Police said the student woke up to a partially-clad...
  • Saudi boosts refining capacity

    03/19/2015 5:14:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    zawya ^ | Mar 18 2015 | alifarabia.com
    Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in its downstream business and developing captive markets to enter global oil market domination and counter the threat of U.S. tight oil. Saudi Arabia has been crafting the strategy for a few years, but it has come in sharp focus after the kingdom convinced other OPEC producers to maintain oil production at a meeting last November despite a collapse in crude prices. Oil prices have fallen 50% since June 2014, but Saudi officials have been unmoved as they see their strategy working. That suggests that the country has effectively handed over the role of swing...
  • US Embassy in Saudi Arabia halts operations amid 'heightened security concerns'

    03/14/2015 7:00:56 PM PDT · by Rome2000 · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-14-15
    U.S. officials said Sunday they will halt operations at the embassy and consulates in Saudi Arabia for the next couple of days, in response to “heightened security concerns.” Embassy officials in Riyadh issued the statement, saying telephone lines at the facilities will be down Sunday and Monday and encouraging U.S. citizens in Saudi Arabia to “be aware of their surroundings and take extra precautions when travelling throughout the country.” The message did not cite a specific security concern or threat nor call for the evacuation of the facilities. However, an intelligence source told Fox News that the threat is serious...
  • US shuts Saudi embassy over security fears

    03/15/2015 12:28:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | Mar 15 2015 | AFP
    Riyadh: The US embassy in Saudi Arabia said it had suspended consular services in the kingdom for two days due to “heightened security concerns”, after warning of threats against Western oil workers. All services in Riyadh and at the consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran have been cancelled for Sunday and Monday, it said in a statement posted on its website Saturday. The embassy warned US citizens to take extra precautions and keep a low profile if they were out in public. “All US citizens are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings, and take extra precautions when travelling throughout the...
  • Saudi Nuclear Deal Raises Stakes for Iran Talks

    03/12/2015 8:40:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jay Solomon and Ahmed Al Omran
    As U.S. and Iranian diplomats inched toward progress on Tehran’s nuclear program last week, Saudi Arabia quietly signed its own nuclear-cooperation agreement with South Korea. That agreement, along with recent comments from Saudi officials and royals, is raising concerns on Capitol Hill and among U.S. allies that a deal with Iran, rather than stanching the spread of nuclear technologies, risks fueling it. Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a member of the royal family, has publicly warned in recent months that Riyadh will seek to match the nuclear capabilities Iran is allowed to maintain as part of any...
  • Hillary faces test of record as women's advocate (NY Times hit piece on Hillary)

    03/09/2015 9:20:12 AM PDT · by Personal Responsibility · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | March. 8th | Amy Chozick
    But the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has accepted tens of millions of dollars in donations from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Algeria and Brunei — all of which the State Department has faulted over their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues.
  • SAUDI COLUMNISTS: BIBI RIGHT, OBAMA WRONG ABOUT IRAN

    03/08/2015 4:42:16 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/6/15 | Jordan Schachtel
    Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj of Saudi paper Al-Jazira criticized the Obama administration for its support of Islamist movements (such as the Muslim Brotherhood) during the “Arab Spring,” while praising Netanyahu for opposing the White House position on Iran. He wrote: Since Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam, [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the U.S.’s longtime allies in the Gulf, I am very glad...
  • Saudi Court Sentences Gang Rape Victim to 200 Lashes And Custodial Sentence

    03/07/2015 7:11:08 AM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 5 Mar 2015 | A.B. Sanderson
    The victim of a violent gang rape has been sentenced by a Saudi Arabian court to 200 lashes and six months in jail for the crimes of speaking to the press and indecency. According to Sharia Law, a Saudi Arabian woman must be accompanied by a male guardian at all times in public, something the 19 year old victim did not obey when she went to meet a friend, according to website Live Buddhism. While in a car with a student friend, retrieving a picture, two men got into the vehicle and drove them to a secluded area. She said...
  • Saudi Award Goes to Muslim Televangelist

    03/02/2015 5:23:39 PM PST · by entropy12 · 13 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ben Hubbard
    He has publicly declared that “the Jews” control America, that apostates can be killed, that the United States is the world’s “biggest terrorist” and that the Sept. 11 attacks were an “inside job” by President George W. Bush. But last weekend, Dr. Zakir Naik, a prominent Muslim televangelist from India, appeared at an elaborate ceremony at a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia, where the new monarch, King Salman, gave him one of the country’s highest honors.
  • Saudis ‘would let Israeli jets use their air space to attack Iran’

    02/24/2015 6:02:28 PM PST · by nuconvert · 77 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | February 25, 2015
    Saudi Arabia is prepared to let Israeli fighter jets use its airspace if it proves necessary to attack Iran’s nuclear program, an Israeli TV station reported Tuesday, highlighting growing ties in the shadow of Tehran’s nuclear drive. Riyadh’s only condition is that Israel make some kind of progress in peace talks with the Palestinians, Channel 2 reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed senior European source. “The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” the European official in Brussels said. Jerusalem and Riyadh do not have diplomatic ties, but unconfirmed reports have swirled for years of...
  • Saudi Cleric: The Sun Revolves Around the Earth

    02/18/2015 5:21:30 AM PST · by jda · 45 replies
    Washington FRee Beacon ^ | 18 February 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A Saudi cleric is garnering headlines for declaring that the sun revolves around the Earth, a clear rejection of all scientific evidence. {snip} The controversial cleric, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, was caught making the comments in a short video clip posted to YouTube on Monday. In response to a question posed by a student, al-Khaibari says the Earth is “stationary and does not move.” While al-Khaibari’s remarks have been mocked on social networking sites such as Twitter, regional experts say his anti-science stance is embraced and promoted by leading Saudi clerics in charge of the country’s religious authority. “It makes perfect...
  • Prince Charles expected to intervene in the case of jailed blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes

    02/10/2015 6:05:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 10, 2015 | Rebecca English
    Prince Charles is expected to intervene in the case of a jailed blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes as he meets the new king of Saudi Arabia today. The heir to the throne landed this morning at King Khalid International Airport at the start of a two-day visit to the strict Islamic country where he was greeted by the Governor of Riyadh, HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar. Later today Charles will meet Saudi Arabia's new ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Al Eragh Palace in the capital, for talks follows by lunch.
  • Prince Al Waleed sells most of stake in News Corp

    02/04/2015 8:45:52 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 24 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 2/4/15 | Henry Mance
    Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, the Saudi prince who stood by Rupert Murdoch during the phone-hacking scandal, has sold most of his stake in News Corp.
  • Norfolk speaker criticizes response to Islamic threats (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

    02/04/2015 2:54:56 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 4, 2015 | Philip Walzer
    NORFOLK Ayaan Hirsi Ali stood before a slide of the caged Jordanian pilot about to be set afire by Islamic State group extremists. That, she said at Chrysler Hall on Tuesday night, will be the norm if they are not defeated. "You are going to see people beheaded, their hands and legs cut off, the mass enslavement of women," warned Hirsi Ali, a sharp critic of Muslim leaders and radicals and an advocate of women's rights. "We have had over a long period of time... even before the Reagan administration, so many warning signs that we have ignored," Hirsi Ali...
  • Conspiracy Theory Becomes Fact: Entire Oil Collapse Is All About Crushing Russian Control Over Syria

    02/03/2015 7:54:17 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/3/2015 | Durden
    While the markets are still debating whether the price of oil is more impacted by the excess pumping of crude here, or the lack of demand there, or if it is all just a mechanical squeeze by momentum-chasing HFT algos who also know to buy in the milliseconds before 2:30pm, we bring readers' attention back to what several months ago was debunked as a deep conspiracy theory. Back then we wrote about a certain visit by John Kerry to Saudi Arabia, on September 11 of all days, to negotiate a secret deal with the now late King Abdullah so as...
  • Shiite militia sets deadline to unravel Yemen crisis

    02/01/2015 5:29:18 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | Feb. 1 , 2015
    Sanaa - A Shiite militia on Sunday set a three-day deadline for political parties to resolve the power vacuum in Yemen since the president and prime minister offered to resign last month. The Huthis and their allies urged parties "to reach a solution and fill the vacuum" within three days or "the revolutionary leadership" would "take care of the situation of the state". ... The militia, which overran Sanaa in September, seized the presidential palace and key government buildings on January 20, plunging the country deeper into crisis and prompting President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his premier to tender their...
  • Barack Obama assembles 27-strong delegation to pay respects to Saudi Arabia's new king

    01/27/2015 12:24:48 AM PST · by barmag25 · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01/27/15 | Dan Roberts
    Barack Obama is travelling with a 27-strong delegation to cement ties with the new king of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday as concerns over Yemen and the Islamic State take centre stage in the increasingly volatile region. Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, Republican hawk senator John McCain and General Lloyd Austin, head of US Central Command forces in the region, are among the surprise additions to a hastily organised trip that has drawn critical comparisons with the US failure to send any senior figures to Paris following recent terrorist attacks. Secretary of state John Kerry and leading House Democrats Nancy...