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Saudi Bombing Break UN Brokered Humanitarian Truce

THE LEVANT NEWS: Saudi-led air strikes and heavy shelling between warring factions shook several cities in Yemen on Saturday, residents said, violating a United Nations humanitarian truce which took effect just before midnight. The U.N.-brokered pause in the fighting was meant to last a week to allow aid deliveries to …

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Former Saudi FM Prince Saud al-Faisal dies

THE LEVANT NEWS — A senior level Saudi information ministry official on Thursday said that Prince Saud had passed away and that an official statement would be published soon. Prince Saud, who was appointed in 1975, was the world’s longest serving foreign minister when he was replaced on April 29 …

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Saudi airstrikes kill 20 Yemeni civilians

Associated Press — Witnesses and officials in Yemen say a Saudi airstrike hit a public bus on a highway north of the southern city of Aden, splitting the vehicle in half and killing at least 20 civilian passengers. They said Thursday that airstrikes also hit a family traveling in a …

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Why Saudi Arabia is vulnerable to ISIS

By Bruce Riedel for AL-MONITOR –The Islamic State (IS) is targeting the Sunni-Shiite sectarian divide in Saudi Arabia to create discord and undermine the royal family’s rule. The kingdom is vulnerable to sectarian strife given the family’s intimate connections to the Wahhabi Sunni clerical establishment, years of suppression of Shiite …

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ISIS claims Damam mosque bombing

Source: Reuters– ISIS militants claimed responsibility for an attack Friday on a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia’s Dammam in which four people were killed. A statement by ISIS posted on Twitter named the suicide bomber who carried out the attack as Abu Jandal al-Jizrawi, saying he had managed to reach …

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Saudi Arabia—This is Leadership?

By Graham E. Fuller Source: grahamefuller.com — President Obama has good reason to try to reassure GCC leaders this week at Camp David that America has not abandoned them; they represent an important economic force. But they cannot, as constituted, represent a positive force for leadership in the region. The …

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Yemen: Operation Cross-Purposes

Saudi Arabia just stopped bombing Iranian-backed forces in Yemen. That’s making Obama’s life easier as the administration’s nuclear talks with Tehran reach their most critical phase. BY YOCHI DREAZEN for FOREIGN POLICY — Saudi Arabia’s decision to abruptly end its air war against Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen will reverberate …

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The New Saudi Foreign Policy

Author: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies – Source: Council on Foreign Relations — Saudi Arabia’s incursion into Yemen reflects a new foreign policy that assertively presses Saudi claims in the Middle East and even uses its own armed forces to ensure its interests. After centuries of relying …

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HACKED EMAILS: SAUDI MONEY FINANCED BENGHAZI ATTACK

By Aaron Klein for WND -– An email reportedly sent to Hillary Clinton by former Clinton White House staffer Sidney Blumenthal quotes an intelligence source providing information that “wealthy Sunni Islamists in Saudi Arabia” funded the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. special mission in Benghazi. The leaked emails …

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SAUDI ARABIA AND EVOLVING REGIONAL STRATEGIC DYNAMICS – ANALYSIS

By Ranjit Gupta for IPCS — Saudi Arabia had, for the immediate short-term, seemingly successfully launched the process of transition to monarchs coming from the next generation; however, there has been dissent about the two younger generation appointments which has been kept secret from the public. Moreover, continuing widespread, but unreported, …

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In With the Old in the New Saudi Arabia

King Salman has moved swiftly to build his new court. But are these new faces a breath of fresh air or reactionaries looking to take the country back in time? BY CARYLE MURPHY for FOREIGN POLICY  – RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, since ascending to the throne …

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Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and Israel

By Robert Parry – Source: Consortium News – Here is the story of the clandestine alliance of two Pretending Allies of the United States: Israel and Saudi Arabia! The two “friends” of the US succeeded in shaping several Coups in Washington against the United States! Exclusive: Saudi Arabia is under a new cloud after …

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Hamas reaches out to new Saudi leadership

By Adnan Abu Amer Translator: Pascale el-Khoury for AL-MONITOR – In an unprecedented move, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) published Hamas’ condolences for the death of King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud on Jan. 23. In its statement, Hamas expressed sympathies to new King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud …

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Moussaoui Calls Saudi Princes Patrons of Al Qaeda

Source: THE NEW YORK TIMES – WASHINGTON — In highly unusual testimony inside the federal supermax prison, a former operative for Al Qaeda has described prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990s and claimed that he discussed a plan …

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Saudi King Salman quickly makes his mark

By Bruce Riedel for ALMONITOR – King Salman and his entourage have moved quickly to consolidate power in their hands since the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Salman’s son Mohammed has become a key player in keeping with the Saudi monarchical tradition. The Saudi succession from King Abdullah to King Salman …

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Saudi Arabia: A Time for a Ruthless Reckoning

By: Fouad al-Ibrahim for Al-Akhbar English – The new king takes revenge from his predecessor. This, briefly, describes what secretly transpired in Saudi Arabia on January 24, signaling a resurgence of the Sudairi clan which is working to restore its power and liquidate the legacy of King Abdullah. The late …

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King Salman’s Shady History

President Obama wants to work with the leader of the House of Saud. But the new king of Saudi Arabia has troubling ties to radical Islamists. BY DAVID ANDREW WEINBERG for FOREIGN POLICY –  President Barack Obama arrived in Riyadh today to offer his condolences on the death of the beloved …

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How Unstable Is the Saudi Petro-Kingdom?

By Juan Cole for The Nation – With King Abdallah in the hospital and very aged, a round of speculation has begun about when Crown Prince Salman, 79, will take over. At the same time, the kingdom faces a severe budget shortfall because of the plummeting price of petroleum. All …

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Who is the new Saudi king?

Source: The Guardian – Salman Bin Abdelaziz is Saudi Arabia’s new king following the death of his 90-year-old half-brother, King Abdullah. The 79-year-old has been crown prince since 2012 and defence minister since 2011. He has also been standing in for the ailing Abdullah for several months by chairing cabinet …

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Saudi Arabia idle land

THE LEVANT – Saudi Arabia has made some progress in providing affordable housing to citizens but the housing shortfall remains substantial due to rapid population growth. Saudi Arabia’s population hit 30 million last year and is expected to rise by another 7 million by 2020, presenting a challenge for authorities …

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MERS strikes again in Saudi Arabia

THE LEVANT – Three more Saudis have died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), while a new case has surfaced, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday. Two of the deaths took place in Al-Kharj, 60 kilometers away from Riyadh, and the third in Taif. The latest casualties were …

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