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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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KSA moderation: How far will Crown Prince Mohammed go?

By James M. Dorsey In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative rather than an ultra-conservative society, but …

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Saudi Arabia will follow Iran nuclear programme : Crown Prince

LONDON-UNS/AFP – Likening Iran s leader to Hitler, Saudi Arabia s crown prince warned in a US television interview that if Tehran gets a nuclear weapon, his country will follow suit. “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, …

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Turkey part of ‘triangle of evil’: Saudi prince

CAIRO -UNS: Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has described Turkey as part of a “triangle of evil” along with Iran and hardline Islamist groups, Egypt’s Al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Wednesday. The Saudi prince also accused Turkey of trying to reinstate the Islamic …

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