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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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Yemen rebel missiles, drones shot down over Saudi Arabia

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia said its air defences on Wednesday intercepted ballistic missiles fired from rebel-held Yemen at Riyadh and the south of the kingdom where two drones were also shot down. Yemen s Shiite Huthi rebels said their cross-border barrage marked the launch …

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KSA will buy $1.3B worth of artillery from USA

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration signed off Thursday on selling more than $1.3 billion in artillery to Saudi Arabia , giving a vote of confidence to the Saudi military as young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman concludes a marathon tour of the United States, reported Voice …

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Israel has ´right´ to its land: KSA Crown Prince

WASHINGTON -UNS : The crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia said Israel has a “right” to a homeland, a notable shift in the kingdom´s position published Monday. Saudi Arabia and Israel still have no formal diplomatic relations, but behind the scenes, improvements …

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