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  • Heavy gunfire, explosions reported from vicinity of royal palace in Riyadh

    04/22/2018 9:01:21 AM PDT · by dila813 · 14 replies
    Live Leaks ^ | Today | PressTV
    Gunfire and explosions are reportedly heard outside the palace of the Saudi king in Riyadh. King Salman has been reportedly evacuated from the compound to a bunker at a military base in the capital. The number of assailants, their identity or affiliations is still unknown. But some sources say the attack is part of a coup led by princes who are opposed to the Saudi king.
  • Heavy gunfire in Riyadh was toy drone shot down near Saudi royal palace - despite claims of 'coup'

    04/21/2018 2:02:27 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    The Mirror ^ | April 21, 2018 | Jamie Bullen
    Wildly conflicting social media reports tonight claim bullets were either fired as part of an attempted coup - or to shoot down a toy drone. A police spokesman said forces at a checkpoint in the Khozama district, where the palace is based, identified the drone and "dealt with it according to their orders", local media said. The explanation came after wildly conflicting reports on social media speculating on the cause of the shooting. Senior Saudi officials said King Salman was not in the palace at the time despite repeated Twitter reports he was moved to a military bunker in the...
  • Oil Prices Surge After Houthi Missile Attacks On Riyadh, Aramco Facilities

    04/11/2018 9:09:23 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-11-2018 | Para
    Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement launched earlier on Wednesday drone strikes on a Saudi Aramco facility and on an airport in Saudi Arabia, Houthi-owned Al-Masirah TV channel reported on Wednesday. Aramco says that its plants are operating normally and safely, Reuters reports. The Iran-aligned Yemeni rebels, who have been fighting a Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen since 2015, said that they targeted on Wednesday morning local time the Abha airport in Asir and Aramco in Jazan, according to the Houthis’ Al-Masirah outlet. Saudi Aramco has a 400,000-bpd refinery in Jazan in the country’s southwest. The refinery is part of a project...
  • The Gulf heats up

    07/26/2010 5:01:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/25/2010 | YOEL GUZANSKY
    Concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program are heard these days more in Arabic than any other language, including Hebrew. In recent weeks, it seems that temperatures on both sides of the Persian Gulf have come to a boil. Temperatures in the Gulf, although usually high during the summer, reached a peak not due to global warming but because of increasing fear of Iran among Arab Gulf states. Indeed, concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program and negative involvement in the region are heard these days more in Arabic than any other language, including Hebrew. The current peak is associated with a...
  • Skeptical of U.S. umbrella, Saudis are mulling their own nuke option

    05/08/2010 8:39:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 494+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct.com ^ | 5/8/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct.com
    Saudi Arabia, concerned over Iran's nuclear weapons program, could turn to Pakistan for the kingdom's own nuclear project, a report said. The Institute of National Security Studies said Riyad has been working to prepare a nuclear infrastructure meant to deter neighboring Iran. In a report by researcher Yoel Guzansky, the institute cited Pakistan as the most likely developer of a Saudi nuclear option. "Therefore, should Saudi Arabia find itself in a sensitive security situation, it may well be that it would seek to capitalize on its investment in the Pakistani program," the report, titled "The Saudi Nuclear Option, said. The...
  • Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Been a Disaster

    03/25/2018 8:20:01 PM PDT · by Mariner · 48 replies
    The National Interest (via Yahoo) ^ | March 25th, 2018 | Yoel Guzansky, Ari Heistein
    Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Been a Disaster This month marks three years since the start of the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, but that is unlikely to be an occasion for celebration in Riyadh. The war is estimated to have cost the Saudis upwards of $100 billion, eroded the international image of the kingdom and failed to achieve its objectives of “eliminating Iranian influence” from Yemen. At the same time, the people of Yemen have suffered immensely from the U.S.-backed Saudi campaign, which killed thousands of Yemeni civilians, destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and has led to widespread disease and...
  • VIDEO: Footage of a Saudi Patriot missile interceptor veering off-course and crashing..

    03/25/2018 4:21:12 PM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    VIDEO: Footage of a Saudi Patriot missile interceptor veering off-course and crashing tonight in #Riyadh follow reports of a Houthi ballistic missile attack Hope you can see this video. Kind of dramatic.
  • Riyadh Just Came Under Ballistic Missile Attack Resulting In These Crazy Videos

    03/25/2018 6:03:30 PM PDT · by taildragger · 70 replies
    The Drive ^ | 03/25/18 | Tyler Rogoway
    Saudi Arabia's capital just came under ballistic missile attack, during which Patriot missile interceptors were launched to intercept. Although it looks like at least one Patriot hit one missile, a missile fragment, or even another missile itself, came careened into the ground, resulting in this amazing video: The trajectory of the projectile as it approaches the ground is a bit puzzling, it almost looks like it is turning while under control, but it could just be the result of the intercept. Then there is this amazing video of the Patriot missile launches, and it looks like one missile either intercepted...
  • Saudi Arabia's Google talks prove Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is the most powerful leader...

    02/06/2018 8:21:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1 Feb 2018 | Jake Novak
    Saudi Arabia's Google talks prove Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is the most powerful leader in the Middle East Google and Amazon are reportedly in advanced talks with Saudi Arabia to build a tech hub in that country. This is the result of seven months of swift reforms in Saudi Arabia that began under Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. It's not only proof that bin Salman's reforms have worked, but also that he is now the most powerful man in the entire Middle East. Jake Novak | @jakejakeny Published 4:09 PM ET Thu, 1 Feb 2018 Updated 5:14 PM ET...
  • Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

    11/22/2017 1:51:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2017 | STEVEN A. COOK
    Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era. BY STEVEN A. COOK | NOVEMBER 21, 2017, 12:46 PM We must be doing 80 miles per hour on a rutted road outside the northwestern Saudi town of Ula. It is late and I am tired, but I’ve got one eye on the road and one eye on the dashboard indicator light signaling that the Chevy Tahoe in which I am traveling has low tire pressure. What would happen if this...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric: Fighting Jews Forbidden, Hamas a Terror group

    11/19/2017 5:39:32 PM PST · by smileyface · 56 replies
    United with Israel ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | United with Israel Staff
    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a ruling forbidding war against the Jews and proclaiming that Hamas is a terror group. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, issued a surprising religious ruling, saying that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and that Hamas is a “terror organization.” The Muslim cleric issued the ruling while answering a question on a television program regarding the Palestinian riots surrounding the Temple Mount in July, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara welcomed the unexpected decision and invited the Mufti to visit Israel.
  • The U.S. Middle East Peace Plan?

    11/15/2017 4:42:22 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | November 13, 2017 | Bassam Tawil
    No American or European on the face of this earth could force a Palestinian leader to sign a peace treaty with Israel that would be rejected by an overwhelming majority of his people. Trump's "ultimate solution" may result in some Arab countries signing peace treaties with Israel. These countries anyway have no real conflict with Israel. Why should there not be peace between Israel and Kuwait? Why should there not be peace between Israel and Oman? Do any of the Arab countries have a territorial dispute with Israel? The only "problem" the Arab countries have with Israel is the...
  • Why did Saudi Arabia summon Abbas?

    11/07/2017 12:59:49 PM PST · by wtd · 11 replies
    Elder of Zion blog ^ | 11/7/2017 | Elder of Ziyon
    From TOI: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Saudi Arabia unexpectedly on Monday to meet with King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman, with the Gulf kingdom at the height of a major crackdown on members of the royal family. Abbas had been in Egypt, where he was scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, when he was summoned to Riyadh to meet with the Saudi rulers, according to the official PA news site Wafa. The timing is very curious, as this sudden invitation came at the same time of the current upheaval in Saudi Arabia...
  • Saudi Arabia gets its first real government

    11/07/2017 11:45:27 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 51 replies
    Atimes.com ^ | David Goldman
    A couple of years ago I attended seminars with Chinese and Israeli counterterrorism experts in Beijing, in my capacity as a board member of a foundation that promotes Sino-Israel relations. A senior Chinese official complained that the Saudi royal family funds every radical madrassa in Xinjiang province, where Muslim Uyghurs of Turkish ethnicity form the majority. With a long and porous border stretching through sparsely-populated lands, Chinese security couldn’t prevent the funds from pouring in. I asked our Chinese hosts why they didn’t remonstrate with the Saudi government. The Chinese official said, “We talk to the Saudis all the time,...
  • What the royal purge means for Saudi Arabia — and its oil

    11/06/2017 10:33:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | Steven Mufson
    King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Saturday named Crown Prince Mohammed head of a corruption “supreme committee” in addition to a council that oversees Saudi Aramco, which in the past had been governed largely by technocrats. Salman said the move was because of “what we have noticed of exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, to, illicitly, accrue money.” Ibrahim Al-Assaf, a former finance minister and current director of Saudi Aramco, was among at least 17 princes, current and former government ministers and business executives taken into custody, according...
  • Saudi 'intercepts Yemen rebel missile over Riyadh'

    12/19/2017 7:18:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    uktelegraph ^ | 19 December 2017 • 11:16am
    Yemen's Houthi movement fired a ballistic missile towards the Saudi capital Riyadh targeting a meeting of Saudi leaders at a royal palace on Tuesday, its spokesman said. Mohammed Abdussalam said on Twitter that a Volcano 2-H ballistic missile was fired towards al-Yamama royal palace.  Saudi air defences intercepted the missile, Saudi-owned channel al-Arabiya reported in a news flash quoting a Saudi-led military coalition.
  • Report: Anti-Trump Saudi Prince Alwaleed Hung Upside Down

    11/23/2017 8:35:18 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 53 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/23/2017 | Jim Hoft
    “Dopey” Prince Alaweed Was Warned — Now He Sits In Prison In December 2015 Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal slammed Donald Trump for proposing a ban on Muslim immigrants in the US after the San Bernardino attacks. Donald Trump hit the “dopey prince” back twice as hard. "Detained members of Saudi elite have been hung by their feet and beaten by interrogates, source says. Among those hung upside down are Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an investor worth at least $7 billion who is being held at Riyadh’s Ritz Carlton. Saudi princes and billionaire businessmen arrested in a power grab earlier...
  • Saudi Foreign Minister: Trump ‘Deserves a Lot of Credit’ for Effort to Unite People of Faith

    05/22/2017 11:56:48 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 22 May 2017 | Penny Starr
    Speaking at a joint press conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir commended President Donald Trump for an international trip designed to unite people of different faiths to address a threat faced by all of humanity around the globe regardless of their religion. “The President deserves a lot of credit for taking this step, making his first visit outside the U.S. to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and land of the two holy Mosques, and then going to Israel and then going to the Vatican to deal...
  • Donald Trump's Invigorating Speech in Riyadh

    05/21/2017 10:24:27 PM PDT · by blueplum · 20 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 21 May 2017 | Roger Kimball
    Let’s play “One of these things is not like the other one.” Compare, if you will, Barack Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo to the Muslim world with Donald Trump’s speech today in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. There was some overlap: both indulged heartily in the usual political boilerplate and délicatesse: honored to be here, working together, Islam’s great contribution to culture, how splendid is the Middle East, terrorism is not coterminous with Islam, etc., etc. But that’s where the similarity ended.  Trump’s speech was a forthright, America First, speech, Obama’s an accommodationist’s dream. {snip} Trump’s speech—and, again, his entire performance—struck me...
  • Donald and Melania are greeted by the Saudi king

    05/20/2017 8:40:07 PM PDT · by Rabin · 17 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 20 May 2017 | David Martosko
    President Donald Trump has landed in Saudi Arabia as he begins his first foreign tour since taking office. Trump, the only president ever to make Saudi Arabia, or any majority Muslim country, his first stop overseas as president. Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, presentes Trump with the gold King Abdulaziz medal...