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  • Saudis Arrested Wanted Terrorist - Al-Arabiya

    08/05/2004 6:38:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 954+ views
    Associated Press | August 5, 2004
    CAIRO (AP)--Saudi police reportedly arrested the kingdom's most wanted terrorist on Thursday, according to pan-Arab satellite TV station Al-Arabiya. The Saudi-owned station reported late Thursday that police captured Faris Ahmed Jamaan Al Showeel al-Zahrani in Abha, a town 800 kilometers southwest of the capital, Riyadh. According to the Cable News Network, the Saudi Interior Ministry said an operation targeting the man was still going on. Saudi authorities released a list of 26 most wanted terrorists following a series of bombings in Riyadh on May 12, 2003, that killed 26 people. On Nov. 8, another suicide attack on a Riyadh...
  • Obama in Riyadh: Iran nuclear deal sign of 'strength, not weakness'

    04/21/2016 1:19:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/21/16 | Susan Crabtree
    President Obama vigorously defended his nuclear negotiations at the end of a summit of Persian Gulf state leaders and a rocky visit to Saudi Arabia aimed at reassuring the anxious ally and seeking more support for the fight against the Islamic State. While the president acknowledged Saudi concern that the United States should not be "naïve" when dealing with Iran, he cited previous presidents' willingness to engage in talks with Russia during the height of the Cold War as models to follow. "John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan still negotiated with the Soviet Union even when the Soviet Union was...
  • Saudis snub Obama on Riyadh arrival amid growing tensions

    04/20/2016 11:52:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/19/16 | cnn
    (CNN)President Barack Obama received a chilly reception from Saudi Arabia's leaders as he landed in Riyadh Wednesday, a clear sign of the cooling relations between once-close allies amid regional upheaval and dropping oil prices. When Obama touched down in Riyadh shortly after 1 p.m. local time, there were no kisses with the kingdom's ruler as President George W. Bush once exchanged. The Saudi government dispatched the governor of Riyadh rather than a senior-level royal to shake Obama's hand, a departure from the scene at the airport earlier in the day when King Salman was shown on state television greeting the...
  • Iran hints at deal for al-Qaeda chief (they have mastermind of Riyadh bombings)

    05/27/2003 8:36:26 AM PDT · by dead · 19 replies · 129+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | May 28 2003 | Mark Forbes in Tehran
    Al-Qaeda's third-ranked leader and alleged mastermind of the Riyadh bombings has been seized in Iran, intelligence sources say. The United States has identified Saif al-Adel as the most senior al-Qaeda member linked to the attacks that killed 34 people, including one Australian, earlier this month. Intelligence sources said al-Adel, formerly Osama bin Laden's personal bodyguard, approved the bombing plans before his capture by Iranian security forces nine days before the attack. Iran is thought to want to handover al-Adel to Washington, in return for senior leaders in the anti-Iranian terrorist group, the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK). He would probably be deported to...
  • Bin Laden's son stepping up to the plate

    10/15/2003 4:41:53 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 183+ views ^ | Wednesday, October, 15, 2003
    Like father, like son, assert U.S., European and Arab intelligence agencies who believe one of Osama bin Laden's youngest children is beginning to call the shots at the Iranian branch of al-Qaida. Saad bin Laden is one of an estimated 400 operatives of the terror network recruited and protected by Tehran's hard-line clerics, according to the Washington Post. Tehran's elected government, headed by the reformist President Mohammed Khatami, does not appear to have control over this group, called the Jerusalem Force. The Post reports the 24-year-old bin Laden is computer savvy and fluent in English. His father groomed him for...
  • Suspects linked to bin Laden, Iraq: Arrests of Arabs in Idaho, New York target terror financing

    02/28/2003 12:06:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 494+ views ^ | Friday, February 28, 2003 | By Art Moore
    The Saudi man arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force yesterday in Idaho has ties to close associates of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and to four Arab men charged at the same time with channeling funds to Iraq. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen – a University of Idaho doctoral candidate supported by the Saudi government – was a terrorist bagman, according to a federal criminal justice source quoted by a Seattle newspaper. Saudi student Sami Omar al-Hussayen "He's in touch with people who could pick up the phone, call [bin Laden], and he would take the call," the source told the...
  • Saudi police arrest suspect in Shiite unrest

    01/02/2015 5:50:00 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | 2015-01-02
    Saudi police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a 2011 protest movement organised by Shiite residents of the kingdom's restive Eastern Province ... Muntadher Ali Saleh al-Sabity .. is one of 23 Saudis wanted in connection with protests and violence in Eastern Province, home to more than two million Shiites in the Sunni-majority kingdom. The group, some of whom have been detained or killed, is accused of acting "on behalf of foreign parties" -- a reference to Iran, which authorities have blamed in the past for fomenting unrest among Saudi Shiites.
  • Saudi woman arrested for attending soccer game

    12/16/2014 10:42:16 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Twasul. ^ | December 15, 2014
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – A Saudi woman arrested while attending a soccer game in the kingdom claims she did not know women were prohibited from going to the male-only stadiums, the state-linked Okaz newspaper reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia enforces a strict segregation of the sexes and has no designated areas for women at soccer stadiums ... Police spokesman Atti al-Qurashi said security spotted her at the stadium "deliberately disguised" in male attire to avoid detection, reported the state-linked news website Twasul. Okaz reported Sunday that police questioned the woman, who is in her twenties, for "impersonating" a man by...
  • Swarms of Locusts Invade Saudi Capital Riyadh

    05/19/2014 1:31:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014
    Massive swards of locusts invaded the Saudi capital Riyadh, prompting houses and companies to shut their doors and windows and halting traffic in many parts. Authorities said they were mobilizing their resources to combat the invasion which started on Thursday. The Arabic language daily Sabq, which carried a brief U-Tube film of the insects, said the locusts flew into the capital from the western part of the Gulf Kingdom, which has been a scene of locust attack over the past months. Locusts are a popular dish in Saudi Arabia, where a 10-kg bag of live locusts could be sold for...
  • Pilot Mistakes Saudi City for Another?

    04/21/2014 2:59:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    Hundreds of Pakistani passengers travelling from Karachi to the Saudi capital Riyadh got the shock of their life when their aircraft landed and found themselves in Jeddah. The pilot of flight 731 operated by the Pakistani International Airlines appeared to have mistaken the Western Red Sea town of Jeddah for the Saudi capital when he landed in King Abdul Aziz Airport, the Saudi press said, quoting Pakistani newspapers. The carrier had to rent buses to transport the passengers hundreds of miles from Jeddah to Riyadh, the report said. “Airline officials did not explain the reason for such a mistake while...
  • Man Kills Stranger to ‘Get Rid of Evil Spirits’

    04/02/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emir ^ | Wednesday, April 02, 2014
    He stabbed victim many times in the street in front of passers-byA Saudi drug addict in his 30s went into a shop, dragged an Indian worker out and stabbed him to death many times, claiming he wanted to get rid of evil spirits. Panicking passers-by watched with horror as the Saudi stabbed the Indian worker while chanting “God is Great” in the middle of the road in the capital Riyadh. Police said the unnamed killer already had been convicted of taking drugs, having alcoholic drinks and abusing his parents. “We [are] interrogating him and he said that he kept seeing...
  • Saudi Arabia: Executioners wanted

    06/07/2013 12:06:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 6/7/2013 | Mauro Pianta
    Executioners wanted urgently! Saudi Arabia is desperately looking for ways to make up for the lack of trained executioners who are skilled at beheading people sentenced to death under Sharia law. According to AsiaNews they seem to be a dying breed as “fewer people are interested in a "career" in executing others, a task that requires a lot of cold blood and a lot of training to be able to swing a sword properly.” But “in reality,” AsiaNews reports, “the lack of trained executioners has not slowed down executions in Saudi Arabia. Since the beginning 2013, at least 40 people...
  • Saudi Arabia's Beheading of a Nanny Followed Strict Procedures ("Religion of Peace")

    01/12/2013 3:44:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 11, 2013 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Saudi Arabia's Beheading of a Nanny Followed Strict Procedures Rizana Nafeek, a young nanny from Sri Lanka, was beheaded by sword this week in Saudi Arabia, punishment for allegedly killing a baby in 2007 when she was believed to be just 17. The execution has spurred international outcry, given Nafeek's age at the time of the incident and her limited access to a defense attorney. The beheading has also shined a light on the Arab kingdom's medieval system of punishment, which includes cutting the hands off thieves, executing women accused of adultery, and flogging men accused of being gay. Few...
  • The Hidden Hand (Very good piece on Iran's support of alQaeda)

    08/19/2011 6:43:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | STEPHEN F. HAYES & THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Obama administration finally highlights Iran’s key role in supporting al Qaeda On July 28, the Treasury Department designated six al Qaeda operatives involved in shipping money and men from the Persian Gulf to senior al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The move targets a node of the global terror network that is critical to its overall strength, freezing any of its financial assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting any transactions with the operatives. Of the many conduits for al Qaeda funds and personnel across the world, the U.S. government believes this one is the most important. “This network...
  • Chicago-To-Germany Flight Diverted Because Of Unruly Passenger

    07/09/2011 7:39:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    CBS Chicaago ^ | Jul 8, 2011
    Chicago-To-Germany Flight Diverted Because Of Unruly Passenger July 8, 2011 6:05 PM Federal agents investigate after a disruption on an international flight from Chicago to Germany that was diverted to Cleveland. (Photo provide by a passenger) Federal agents investigate after a disruption on an international flight from Chicago to Germany that was diverted to Cleveland. CHICAGO (WBBM) – Some Chicagoans have quite a story to tell about a flight from O’Hare to Frankfort, Germany that was diverted Friday to Cleveland when a passenger was found hiding in the bathroom and went ballistic when he was confronted. Joe Shulfer of Woodstock...
  • Saudi woman who defied driving ban and posted a video of herself driving is detained

    05/21/2011 5:49:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | 21 May, 2011 | Abdullah Al-Shihri
    Authorities detained a Saudi woman on Saturday after she launched a campaign against the driving ban for women in the ultraconservative kingdom and posted a video of herself behind the wheel on Facebook and YouTube to encourage others to copy her. Manal al-Sherif and a group of other women started a Facebook page called "Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself," which urges authorities to lift the driving ban. She went on a test drive in the eastern city of Khobar and later posted a video of the experience. ... Human rights activist Walid Abou el-Kheir said...
  • If the Saudis revolt, the world’s in trouble. Fate of global recovery rests on events in Riyadh

    02/26/2011 7:53:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/26/2011 | Jeremy Warner
    Be careful what you wish for. After an ambiguous start, Western leaders have broadly welcomed the wave of protest and revolutions sweeping North Africa and parts of the Middle East. But beneath the words of encouragement about people taking charge of their own destiny, there is a growing and vital concern – the security of our oil and gas supplies. The West’s complicity in supporting the autocratic regimes that characterise many of the big oil-exporting nations is in part explained by the fact that, whatever their sins, they did at least seem to provide stability in the energy markets. That...
  • Saudi Citizen in Texas Charged in Suspected Bombing Plot

    02/24/2011 10:54:49 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 24, 2011 | FOX News
    A college student from Saudi Arabia studying chemical engineering in Texas has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly planning a terrorist attack on U.S. targets using explosive chemicals. Khalid Aldawsari, who is legally in the U.S. on a student visa, allegedly targeted the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush. He was arrested late Tuesday on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. “Yesterday’s arrest demonstrates the need for and the importance of vigilance and the willingness of private individuals and companies to ask questions and contact the authorities when confronted with suspicious...
  • Authorities Conclude Switzerland Likely Used as Base for Financing, Logistical Support

    06/25/2004 10:11:17 AM PDT · by Veritas_est · 267+ views ^ | June 25, 2004 | Daniela Sigrist
    Authorities Conclude Switzerland Likely Used as Base for Financing, Logistical Support for 9/11 Attacks by Al-Qaida By Daniela Sigrist Associated Press Writer Published: Jun 24, 2004 BERN, Switzerland (AP) - Investigators have concluded that Switzerland was likely used as a base for financing and logistical support for the Sept. 11 attacks by al-Qaida, the country's attorney general said Thursday. Federal Prosecutor Valentin Roschacher said authorities plan to begin court proceedings in the coming weeks in three terror cases, capping investigations started four days after the 2001 suicide hijackings in New York and Washington. A special task force initially was charged...
  • WikiLeaks cables: Saudi Arabia cannot pump enough oil to keep a lid on prices

    02/08/2011 6:07:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 52 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/8/2011 | John Vidal
    The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its embassy in Riyadh show. The cables, released by WikiLeaks, urge Washington to take seriously a warning from a senior Saudi government oil executive that the kingdom's crude oil reserves may have been overstated by as much as 300bn barrels – nearly 40%. The revelation comes as the oil price has soared in recent weeks to more than $100 a barrel on global demand and tensions in the Middle East. Many analysts expect that the...
  • Al-Qaeda suspect tells of bomb plot

    05/28/2003 9:19:39 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 203+ views
    BBC ^ | May 28, 2003 | BBC News
    An alleged Islamic militant has told a Belgian court how he plotted to bomb a military base on an al-Qaeda mission. Nizar Trabelsi, a former Tunisian professional footballer, told how Osama Bin Laden's network sent him two years ago to Belgium to bomb the Kleine Brogel base, which houses nuclear missiles. He is one of 23 alleged Islamic militants on trial. Only eight of them are in custody, while five are still on the run and the others face lesser charges. "I was supposed to go alone in a van. The bomb was behind me," Mr Trabelsi told the Brussels...
  • Doctor: Saudi Family Hammered Nails Into Sri Lankan Maid

    08/25/2010 3:50:08 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 81 replies
    AOL News ^ | August 25, 2010 | Dana Kennedy
    (Aug. 25) -- A 50-year-old Sri Lankan woman who worked as a maid for a large family in Saudi Arabia for five months was allegedly tortured by some of the family members hammering nails into her body, doctors said. The woman, who flew back to Colombo, Sri Lanka, from Riyadh on Saturday night, was brought to the hospital by her concerned children Monday. X-rays showed there were 23 nails embedded in her body. "Some of the nails were 2 inches long," Dr. Prabath Gajadeera of Kamburupitiya Base Hospital told AOL News today. "Most of the nails were embedded in her...
  • Media Matters Palace Guard Defense of Michelle Obama Backfires - Big Time

    08/07/2010 2:29:49 PM PDT · by kristinn · 225 replies · 1+ views
    Saturday, August 7, 2010 | Kristinn
    Democratic Party front group Media Matters for America has been loyally defending First Lady Michelle Obama's luxurious Spanish vacation this week even as other liberals concede the Obama administration made a politically insensitive call in signing off on the trip.Today, Media Matters attacked Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit/Pajamas Media for his critique of Michelle Obama's trip. The headline of the attack piece: Michelle Obama derangement syndrome: Instapundit posts pic of First Lady as Marie AntoinetteNot only does the headline reinforce the growing meme that Michelle Obama is acting like a rich pig, but upon opening the article one is confronted with...
  • Lufthansa cargo plane crashes in Saudi Arabia

    07/27/2010 9:57:35 PM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Local ^ | July 27, 2010 | AFP
    A cargo plane owned by Lufthansa crashed in Riyadh on Tuesday injuring the two-man crew, the German airline said, confirming earlier statements by a Saudi official The Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 flying 80 tonnes of freight from Frankfurt to the Saudi capital crashed at 11:38 am (0838 GMT), Lufthansa Cargo said. Both pilots suffered minor injuries and were immediately hospitalised. "The captain and the co-pilot are in good health; they only had minor injuries," Khalid al-Khaibri, a spokesman for the Saudi civil aviation authority told AFP. The German airline said "it is not yet known exactly what type of freight it...
  • Like Clockwork: Swiss investigators have broken an Al Qaeda cell that proves…

    08/29/2004 6:14:44 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 1,364+ views
    Newsweek ^ | August 25, 2004 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    … the remarkable reach of the global-terror network A little-noticed investigation by Swiss federal police has uncovered the existence of an apparent terror-support network with ties to the upper levels of Al Qaeda — including an operative believed to have played a role in the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the May 2003 bombing of a housing complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The discovery of a largely invisible Al Qaeda network in the peaceful alpine nation has gotten virtually no public attention outside of Switzerland. But criminal charges outlined in a July 30 Swiss prosecutor’s report —...
  • Gates, in Riyadh, seeks Saudi help on Iran sanctions

    03/11/2010 10:44:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/11/2010 | Phil Stewart
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for support lobbying for U.N. sanctions against Iran on Wednesday and discussed ways to boost the kingdom's air and missile defenses.The United States is leading a push for the U.N. Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, and aides to Gates made no secret of their hopes that Saudi Arabia could press regional allies for help. "We are certainly hopeful that the Saudis will use whatever influence they have, which is considerable, in this region and throughout the world to try to help...
  • Saudis urgently erect new border fence to block 'massive' immigration of Shi'ites

    12/19/2009 2:07:12 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 824+ views
    World Trubune ^ | 12/15/2009 | World Tribune
    Saudi Arabia, amid heavy fighting with Shi'ite rebels, has begun erecting another security fence along its border with Yemen. Saudi military sources said the Defense Ministry has overseen a fast-track project to construct a barbed wire fence along most of the 1,600-kilometer border with Yemen. The sources said the project reflected an urgent requirement for a physical barrier to block the flow of thousands of Shi'ite rebels and their supporters from Yemen to the Saudi kingdom. "The infiltration has reached massive proportions," a Saudi source said. "Thousands are crossing into the kingdom."
  • Saudi 'deplores' Iran charge of kidnapped scientist: report

    12/09/2009 11:31:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 385+ views
    SpaceWar ^ | 12/09/2009 | AFP via Space War
    Saudi Arabia rebuffed charges that the US kidnapped a Iranian nuclear scientist on a pilgrimage to Mecca, a Saudi newspaper said Wednesday, while a leading Iranian politician branded the act "terrorist behaviour." Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman Osama Nugali told Asharq Alawsat that he was "stunned by the declarations and allegations" from Tehran, which he "deplored." Nugali said that nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri's disappearance earlier this year had sparked an extensive investigation by the Saudi government. "After having been informed of his disappearance by the Iranian delegation (in Mecca), Saudi authorities undertook an intensive search in Medina as well as in...
  • Saudis 'in a panic mode' as Shi'ite rebels move North from Yemen

    12/05/2009 2:58:05 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,281+ views ^ | 12/04/2009 |
    Jordan has sent several hundred troops from its special operations forces to help the Saudi military with its many Shi'ite units contain the Yemeni Shi'ite rebellion, which has spread deep into the Arab kingdom.
  • Saudis eye Russian air defence system

    10/01/2009 8:59:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 1,121+ views
    SpaceWar ^ | 10/01/2009 | AFP
    Saudi Arabia is weighing buying an advanced Russian missile system to shore up its defence against a potentially nuclear Iran, Gulf analysts and diplomats said. They said Moscow and Riyadh are close to sealing a deal on a multi-billion-dollar weapons package that could include Russia's advanced S-400 missile defence system. It is the newest version of the S-300 long-range surface to air missile system that Moscow has been in discussion for several years to sell to Iran, which denies Western charges of aiming to become a nuclear power. But heavy Western and Israeli pressure and a possibly more lucrative deal...
  • Nip and tuck in Saudi Arabia: Does Islam allow nose jobs? Ask a cleric

    08/04/2009 3:52:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 1,669+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 2, 2009 | DONNA ABU-NASR ,
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Does Islam frown on nose jobs? Chemical peels? How about breast implants? One of the clerics with the answers is Sheik Mohammed al-Nujaimi, and Saudi women flock to him for guidance about going under the knife. The results may not see much light of day in a kingdom where women cover up from head to toe, yet cosmetic surgery is booming. Religion covers every facet of life in Saudi Arabia, including plastic surgery. Al-Nujaimi draws his guidelines from the consensus that was reached three years ago when clergymen and plastic surgeons met in Riyadh to determine...
  • POTUS speaks Arabic in Riyadh

    06/03/2009 9:11:50 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 119 replies · 4,006+ views
    Politico ^ | 6-3-09 | Carol E. Lee
    Obama and King Abdullah spoke to reporters -- and Abdullah presented Obama with a gold medallion -- before they went into a private meeting after Obama's arrival Wednesday. Said Obama: "We have a strategic relationship and as I take this trip and will be visiting Cairo tomorrow I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek his majesty's counsel and to discuss with him many of the issues that we confront here in the Middle East." Abdullah: "The historically strategic ties between our two countries...go back to the time of the meeting...
  • Morris: Clinton Oblivious to Khobar Towers Terror Alert

    11/13/2001 4:54:37 PM PST · by spycatcher · 42 replies · 751+ views
    Newsmax/ Hannity Show ^ | Nov. 13, 2001 | Newsmax Staff
    Former chief White House political advisor Dick Morris revealed Tuesday that his former boss Bill Clinton cared so little about global terrorism that his own Assistant Secretary of State had trouble getting him to pay attention to a bomb threat against the Khobar Towers Air Force barracks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. "In 1996, I got a phone call from Dick Holbrooke," Morris told WABC Radio's Sean Hannity. "He said, 'We're getting hard intelligence that terrorists are planning another hit on our guys in Riyadh.... They're in the exact same building they were in when it was hit last time.'" In ...
  • Saudi Arabia: No churches unless prophet Mohammed recognised, says expert

    03/20/2008 11:08:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 87 replies · 2,885+ views
    No churches should be permitted in Saudi Arabia, unless Pope Benedict XVI recognised the prophet Mohammed... "It would be possible to launch official negotiations to construct a church in Saudi Arabia only after the Pope and all the Christian churches recognise the prophet Mohammed." "If they don't recognise him as a prophet, how can we have a church in the Saudi kingdom?" Ashiqi's comments came after a declaration launched by the papal nuncio of the Persian Gulf, the archbishop Mounged El-Hachem, at the opening of the first Catholic church in Qatar last week. El-Hachem estimated three to four million Christians...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (Many photos) 1-15-2008

    01/15/2008 5:35:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies · 146+ views
    Today President Bush toured the National museum in Riyadh and visited Saudi King Abduallah’s Al Janadriyah Farm in Al Janadriyah, where he watched the king’s horses paraded in front of them. He also spoke at the US Embassy in Riyadh, during a roundtable discussion with Saudi entrepreneurs, where he urged oil producers to take action over near record-high prices Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Baghdad First Lady Laura visited the Washington Mill Elementary School near Mt. Vernon, where she participated in the 'George Washington's Return to School' ceremony Enoy your visit to Sanity Island...
  • Analysis: What Really Happened In Riyadh (Ahmadinejad)

    03/04/2007 7:48:33 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 821+ views
    The JerusalemPost ^ | 3-4-2007 | Dr Guy Bechor
    Mar. 4, 2007 15:52 | Updated Mar. 4, 2007 17:15Analysis: What actually happened in Riyadh? By DR. GUY BECHOR It would have been a sensitive visit in any case - a meeting between the two most prominent figures in the Middle East today, who represent the Shi'ite and Sunni worlds - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz VI. Everyone understood that this was a visit that would have to be prepared carefully. Ahmadinejad's personal representative Ali Larijani visited Riyadh. Larijani is Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, and the subject of the Riyadh visit was obvious. Larijani...
  • Saudis benefiting most from high oil prices

    09/02/2006 10:04:33 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 17 replies · 1,316+ views
    Gulf News ^ | 09/03/2006 | Stanley Carvalho
    Abu Dhabi: A new report from the Energy Information Administration of the US Department of Energy showed Saudi Arabia is the main beneficiary of high oil prices. But it noted the kingdom's spare capacity has sharply dwindled in the past few years because of higher output. Saudi Arabia controls nearly a quarter of the world's recoverable crude resources. "Saudi Arabia's oil export revenues increased sharply [49 per cent] in 2005 compared to 2004, and are projected to increase again [6 per cent] in 2006 before falling [-7 per cent] in 2007," it said. It noted that during 2003-2004, Riyadh benefited...
  • Seven terror suspects escape from Saudi prison (July 8, 2006)

    07/08/2006 6:55:41 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 13 replies · 550+ views
    The Kahleej Times ^ | 8 July 2006 | (DPA)
    DUBAI - Seven terror suspects - six Saudis and a Yemeni - have escaped from a prison in central Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. The men escaped from Milz Prison, said the Saudi Interior Ministry. The Saudi Press Agency quoted the ministry’s spokesman Mansour Al- Turki as saying that if the fugitives do not return to the detention camp they would lose the privilege of an amnesty announced by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to those who surrender. He urged anyone who sees the fugitives to immediately contact the interior ministry or the closest police station. Last...
  • Five al-Qaida suspects seized in Saudi

    04/18/2006 2:16:29 PM PDT · by Coop · 13 replies · 432+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/18/06 | Unknown
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 18 (UPI) -- Saudi security forces arrested five suspected al-Qaida members closely linked to a foiled attempt to bomb oil installations in eastern Saudi Arabia. A security source said one of the detainees figures on a list of 36 wanted terrorists released by Saudi authorities last June. An interior ministry source said police discovered last week the suspects' hideout in a warehouse in Riyadh where they seized explosive materials, assault rifles and ammunitions, in addition to three cars. He said communication equipment, cameras, a computer and video tapes as well as false car plates were also...

    03/30/2006 5:10:07 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 16 replies · 2,030+ views
    AKI ^ | March 29th, 2006
    Saudi security forces have thwarted a terrorist attack on Saudi Arabia's largest oil refinery Abqaiq, the second in two months, according to media reports. The Kuwaiti news agency KUNA and the Iraqi Radio Nawa report that police discovered two car bombs in the area. Local daily al-Riyadh reports that Saudi police on Tuesday carried out house searches in the al-Mantar area of Abqaib, where some employees of Saudi oil giant Aramco live, arms and explosive were discovered in one of the homes and one man was arrested. Reports say that the vehicles to be used in the attack bore the...
  • Saudi police clash with suspects of oil refinery plot

    02/26/2006 9:22:13 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 457+ views
    Agence France Presse | February 27, 2006
    Saudi police exchanged fire in a Riyadh suburb Monday with suspects wanted in connection with a failed bid to blow up the world's largest oil-processing plant, the Al-Arabiya television channel reported. Sounds of automatic gunfire and grenades exploding could be heard in the residential suburb of Grenada, where the suspects were holed-up, the Dubai-based channel reported. Suicide bombers attempted to penetrate the world's largest oil-processing plant at Abqaiq, in the oil-rich eastern province, on Friday but their attack was thwarted leaving two security men dead. The two would-be suicide bombers were also killed. An Al-Qaeda statement posted on the...
  • RCMP allege clips of Bin Laden's voice on confiscated laptop

    06/15/2005 7:42:01 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 3 replies · 666+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 15, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    Zaynab Khadr claims she didn’t know that terrorist Osama bin Laden would attend her wedding in Pakistan. Now the 25-year-old says she didn’t know clips of bin Laden’s voice calling for the killing of Americans were on the laptop computer seized by the RCMP at Pearson airport when she returned to Canada last February.
  • Mounties uncover Al Qaeda cache

    06/14/2005 10:54:22 PM PDT · by Antioch · 20 replies · 1,442+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Jun. 14, 2005 | MICHELLE SHEPHARD
    Plans, tapes diaries seized at Pearson airport Zaynab Khadr denies they belong to her OTTAWA—The RCMP and Canadian military believe they've discovered a vital cache of information on Al Qaeda that includes the whereabouts of wanted members and details of attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan. The information is allegedly contained in a laptop, dozens of DVDs, audiocassettes and the pages of diaries, seized by the RCMP officers who met Zaynab Khadr at Pearson airport with a search warrant as she arrived back in Canada in February, court documents state. Khadr is the eldest daughter of a family that has...
  • Terry Nichols, Philippines, bombs, etc.

    10/09/2005 4:20:59 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 772+ views
    Terry Nichols, Philippines, bombs, etc. See Mark Tapscott here: “Before Able Danger and Mohamed Atta, There Was Murrah Building Bombing and Hussain Al-Hussaini; Journalist Uncovers OKC Links to 9/11, which links to this L.A. Weekly article: “The Rohrabacher Test: Congressman questions Terry Nichols about Oklahoma City bombing”. The Mark Tapscott link also has a comprehensive statement from Jayna Davis, who has pursued this story for ten long years and has now written a book entitled “The Third Terrorist”. One interesting quote — among many — in the L.A. Weekly piece is from Richard Clarke: Clarke wrote that the theory of...
  • BBC man thanks God he survived (Inspirational story of life after terrorists tried to kill him)

    10/02/2005 3:35:40 AM PDT · by Stoat · 2 replies · 652+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | October 2, 2005 | Chris Hastingsm
    BBC man thanks God he survived By Chris Hastingsm Arts Correspondent(Filed: 02/10/2005)Frank Gardner, the BBC reporter left paralysed after an attack by Islamic terrorists, says the horrific incident has increased rather than shattered his faith in God.In an edition of Desert Island Discs to be broadcast today, Mr Gardner, 43, the corporation's security correspondent, also reveals that he has contracted osteoporosis, a disease normally associated with the elderly. Doctors diagnosed the condition just days before he recorded the Radio 4 programme.   Frank Gardner: 'I thank God for staying alive' Despite the continuing impact on his health Mr Gardner...
  • Saudi forces clash with gunmen in Riyadh-Arabiya TV

    08/17/2005 11:47:48 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 369+ views
    Reuters | August 18, 2005
    RIYADH, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Saudi security forces clashed with gunmen north of the capital Riyadh on Thursday, Al Arabiya television reported. The Saudi-owned channel was quoting its correspondent, who said police had cordoned off a district in north Riyadh where they were battling the gunmen. Earlier this month, Washington closed its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia for two days due to an imminent threat against U.S. government buildings in the kingdom. Britain also warned that militants were in the final stages of planning attacks in the kingdom, and Australia said it had received "credible reports" Islamic extremists were...
  • US's Bolton wastes no time, warns Iran and Syria

    08/04/2005 3:18:13 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 22 replies · 1,024+ views ^ | Aug 4, 2005
    U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, in his debut in the U.N. Security Council, pressed Syria and Iran on Thursday to do more to stem the flow of terrorists, arms and funding into neighboring Iraq. His comments came as the 15-nation council unanimously adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution condemning a recent surge in violence in Iraq that has killed hundreds, including Algerian diplomats, U.S. Marines and a Sunni Arab helping to draft a new Iraqi constitution. Russia used the vote to criticize the media for glorifying terrorists after Moscow said it would bar ABC News from working in Russia when the U.S. television...
  • U.S. Embassy in Riyadh Warns Terror Attack Planned, Sky News Says

    07/20/2005 5:46:32 AM PDT · by Ragnar Danneskjold · 36 replies · 3,667+ views
    Bloomberg News, reporting Sky News
    Newswire Alert
  • Top Leader of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia Killed in Riyadh

    07/03/2005 12:01:16 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 40 replies · 2,891+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | July 3, 2005
    The supposed chief of Al-Qaïda in Saudi Arabia killed in Riyadh - the supposed chief of Al-Qaïda in Saudi Arabia, the Morrocan Younès Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Hayari, was killed in a fixing Sunday in Riyadh with the Saoudi forces of safety, brought back the chain of television Al-Arabiya. "the chief of network Al-Qaïda in Saudi Arabia, (the activist) Moroccan required Younès Al-Hayari, was killed", brought back the chain, with mainly Saoudi capital, which emits since. Little before, Al-Arabiya had made state of a death and two wounded among the required islamist activists at the time of a fixing in the...
  • Abu Ali Linked to Saudi Arabia Al Qaeda Leader

    02/28/2005 4:14:56 AM PST · by Coop · 10 replies · 440+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/28/05 | Jerry Seper
    A Falls Church man accused of conspiring to assassinate President Bush met several times with an al Qaeda leader in Saudi Arabia who once was the target of a global manhunt and a key suspect in an attack that killed nine Americans in Riyadh, law-enforcement authorities said. Ahmed Omar Abul Ali, scheduled for a detention hearing tomorrow in federal court on charges of providing material support to al Qaeda, met with Zubayr al-Rimi in Saudi Arabia between September 2002 and June 2003...