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Where is Prince Muhammad? Disappeared after Riyadh’s heavy gunfire

RIYADH -UNS : Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s public disappearance for three weeks, since heavy shooting and gunfire bursts in Riyadh, has raised speculation about his fate, international media reports said. Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the 32-year-old crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has not been …

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KSA welcomes US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

JEDDAH -UNS : Saudi Arabia welcomed the announcement on Tuesday by President Donald Trump that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The government said it also supports the reinstatement of economic sanctions on the Iranian regime, which were suspended under the …

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Astronomy: The outer frontier of MbS’ liberalization

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s investment of $1 billion and option to pump a further $480 million into Richard Branson’s ventures in space, confirmed during the prince’s recent visit to the United States, was more than just another headline-grabbing move. …

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Another missile attack : Saudi intercepted missile fired by Yemeni rebels

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi air defences on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom s southern border city of Najran, which set a farm ablaze, state media said. “Saudi forces were able to intercept (the missile),” the Saudi Press Agency …

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Saudi engagement in Iraq: The exception that confirms the rule?

By James M. Dorsey Stepped up Saudi efforts to forge close diplomatic, economic and cultural ties to Shia-majority Iraq in a bid to counter significant Iranian influence in the country appear to be paying off. The Saudi initiative demonstrates the kingdom’s ability to engage rather …

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Four Saudi army men dead, 5 injured in gun attack

RIYADH -UNS : Four Saudi officers were shot dead and four others wounded today when their check post came under gunfire in southern Asir province, state media said citing the interior ministry. Three officers were instantly killed when the outpost came under attack, the Saudi …

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Saudi Export of Ultra-conservatism in the Era of MbS

By James M. Dorsey Edited remarks at The Middle East and the Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University and the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC 18-19 April 2018 There has long …

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Open to sending troops to Syria under wider coalition : KSA

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia would send troops to Syria under the US-led coalition if a decision was taken to widen it, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday. “We are in discussion with the US and have been since the beginning of the Syrian crisis about …

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PM Abbasi, COAS attend closing ceremony of Gulf Shield-1 in KSA

RIYADH -UNS – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the heads of the Arab countries on Monday attended the closing ceremony of Gulf Shield-1 joint military exercise in Saudi Arabia. The month long exercise Gulf Shield-1 …

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IMCTC exercises: PM Abbasi leaves for Saudi Arabia

BY SAJJAD HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is leaving for Saudi Arabia today to inspect the exercises of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC). A high level delegation will also accompany the prime minister to witness the exercise. On the other hand, …

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