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  • U.S. Ties Iran to Plot to Kill Saudi Envoy (DC bomb plot)

    10/11/2011 2:15:50 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 58 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/11/2011 | EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON—U.S. authorities said Tuesday they had charged two men in an Iranian-directed plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. The alleged assassination plot would represent an escalation in the confrontation between mostly Shiite Iran and mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia, two longtime Middle East rivals. The charges are also a rare instance of Washington accusing Iranian groups of fomenting terrorism on U.S. soil. Elements of the Iranian government were ready to spend $1.5 million to hire what they believed was a drug-cartel hit squad from Mexico, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Prosecutors filed several criminal charges against...
  • U.S. official: Saudi Crown Prince dies (Sultan)

    10/21/2011 10:19:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 71 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 10-22-11 | Jamie Crawford
    (CNN) -- Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died, a State Department official told CNN on Friday. There were no more immediate details about his death.
  • No One Is Buying Iranian Terror Allegations

    10/14/2011 7:56:30 AM PDT · by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity · 26 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 10/14/11 | George Washington
    Iran Terror Plot: No Evidence The day before Attorney General was subpoenaed about what he knew about the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency's "Fast and Furious" operation to get weapons to Mexico's largest drug cartel, the U.S. government announced that the Iranians planned to kill a Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil. And they said - you guessed it - that it was DOJ and DEA who broke up the plot. But no one is buying it ... not even the pro-war mainstream media. The New York Times notes in a post entitled "U.S. Challenged to Explain Accusations of...
  • Iran Orders Attacks on Saudi Interests Worldwide

    10/13/2011 9:23:08 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    Bahrain Views ^ | On October 13, 2011 | By RZ
    The Iranian leaders, furious over the Saudi intervention in Bahrain and what they call crimes against the Shiites of that country, have openly created centers to recruit volunteers for suicide bombings against Saudi ArabiaÂ’s interests worldwide: Several grand ayatollahs in Iran have issued a fatwa for Muslims to come to the aid of their Shiite brothers in Bahrain, who they claim are suffering horrific crimes from their government in collaboration with the Saudi armed forces. They further emphasized that the people of Bahrain have every right to demand freedom and their fair share from the state. Shia-News, a site associated...
  • U.S. Talks Tough to Iran, but Holds Off on Harsher Moves (Big Surprise!)

    10/13/2011 10:07:15 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 10/12/2011 | MARK LANDLER and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Despite issuing harsh calls for Tehran to be held to account, the Obama administration does not plan to shift its policy of pressure on the Iranian government after disrupting what officials said was a plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian envoy in Washington, administration officials said on Wednesday. The combination of tough talk and cautious action underscores the administration’s limited options toward a hostile government with which the United States has had little contact for more than three decades. While the United States has mounted an intense diplomatic effort with its allies and other countries to condemn Iran,...
  • Saudi prince says 'overwhelming proof' Iran behind US plot

    10/12/2011 5:30:55 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 47 replies
    AFP ^ | 12 Oct 2011
    LONDON, Oct 12, 2011 (AFP) - A former chief of Saudi intelligence said Wednesday there was overwhelming evidence that Iran was behind a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington and must "pay the price". "The burden of proof is overwhelming... and clearly shows official Iranian responsibility for this. Somebody in Iran will have to pay the price, whatever the level of these persons is," Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal told a conference on oil in London. The prince, who has also served as Saudi ambassador to the United States and Britain, said the alleged plan to kill the kingdom's...
  • US: Iran’s Quds force involved in terror plot

    10/13/2011 1:34:27 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 10 replies
    IGM via Reuters ^ | 10/13/11 | IGM via Reuters
    The White House said on Wednesday that senior members of Iran's Quds force participated in the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, and that the United States would hold Tehran accountable. "It's clear that senior levels of Quds force were engaged in the plotting," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying that Washington would respond by intensifying efforts to isolate Iran. The Quds Force (Persian: نیروی قدس, translit. Niru-ye Qods), (or Qods Force) is a special unit of Iran's Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Revolutionary Guard). It has been described as "tasked with...
  • Police: Saudi Passenger Tried To Get Into Cockpit

    10/06/2011 1:18:17 PM PDT · by Abathar · 65 replies ^ | October 6, 2011 | Staff
    <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- A Saudi Arabian passenger who tried to get into the cockpit of an American Airlines flight from New York to Indianapolis didn't appear on any terror-related watch lists, authorities said.</p> <p>Indianapolis airport police said another passenger grabbed the 20-year-old man's arm and directed him back to his seat on the flight before 10 p.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • Saudi Man Arrested at JFK After TSA Discovers Stun Weapons in Luggage

    09/25/2011 12:06:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Christopher Santarelli
    A 54-year-old Saudi man was arrested in a first-class lounge at JFK airport outside New York City Friday. Mohamed Hefni was apprehended after Transportation Security Administration agents spotted a stun gun and four other weapons in Hefni’s checked bag for a flight to Riyadh. After TSA agents first noticed the gun’s outline during a routine screening, they opened Hefni’s package. Inside they discovered a fully operable battery-powered electric stun gun, three electric stun batons, an electric stun pen, and a large can of pepper spray, authorities told the New York Post. Hefni’s lives in New York City and was arrested...
  • Saudi Arabia’s ‘ethical’ oil issue leaves the left in the lurch

    09/22/2011 1:29:13 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 8 replies
    National Post (Canada) ^ | Sep 21, 2011 | Tasha Kheiriddin
    A non-profit group has managed to enrage an entire kingdom, put an army of lawyers to work, and make the front page of newspapers across Canada. All thanks to a television ad which states facts, and posits a choice between one product produced “ethically” and the other “unethically”. The ethical product is Canadian oil sands crude, while the unethical stuff flows from the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. As the ad points out, Saudi doesn’t allow women to drive, leave their homes without a male guardian present, and values their court testimony at half that of a man. As a...
  • After 10 years, few changes in Saudi extremist textbooks

    09/14/2011 12:35:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Sep 14, 2011 | Benjamin Mann
    A new report shows that Saudi Arabia, home to 15 of the 19 terrorist hijackers of 9/11, continues to promote a violent form of Islam through its school system and textbooks 10 years after the attacks. “The Saudi government has given over its textbooks to the clerical Wahhabi extremists that it partners with to maintain control of the country,” ... As a consequence, the texts continue to teach students that “the Jews and the Christians are enemies” of Muslims, and that “the struggle of this (Muslim) nation with the Jews and Christians … will continue as long as God wills.”...
  • Saudi Arabia: The Teflon kingdom

    09/14/2011 5:16:03 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 7 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | September 10, 2011 | Jonathan Manthorpe
    While Afghanistan and Iraq were targeted quickly after 9/11, it's a mystery why Riyadh's support for bin Laden was a non-starter Late in the day of Sept. 11 10 years ago, someone asked me who I thought the United States would blame for what had just happened in New York and Washington. Without thinking about it too much I replied: "They'll attack Afghanistan, but they should bomb Riyadh." A decade later I don't see much reason to change my off-the-cuff judgment that it is in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, that the real source of global Islamic radicalism and support...
  • Saudis own Obama & Fox News

    08/19/2011 4:12:00 PM PDT · by Roger-SD · 22 replies
    Stop Obama Now - San Diego ^ | 10/19/2011 | Roger-SD
    A spike in the price of oil, the spigot of which is largely controlled by the Saudis, was instrumental in the financial collapse which resulted in the election of Obama as president. At the same time, a Saudi Prince, pulls the strings at Fox News, though he is nominally not the largest shareholder. He saved them from a hostile takeover and continues to provide protection. This provides a leash on Fox News to prevent them from becoming too aggressive in their attacks on Obama. Notice that Fox News does not support Obama's impeachment/removal and their commentators have openly openly mocked...
  • Following A Saudi Lead On Syria

    08/10/2011 5:59:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 10, 2011 | Staff
    Mideast: In his first-ever condemnation of another Arab state, Saudi King Abdullah has taken Syria to task for the atrocities it has committed on its own citizens. And where was the U.S.? Leading from behind, of course. The Saudi king startled the world over the weekend by blasting dictator Bashar al-Assad and recalling his ambassador after Syria's massacre of democracy protestors during the holy month of Ramadan. "Stop the killing machine," Abdullah demanded in a statement read Sunday on Al-Arabiya satellite television. "What's happening in Syria is not acceptable to Saudi Arabia." Within hours, Bahrain and Kuwait followed, and the...
  • Unruly Passenger that Diverted Plane to Cleveland Arrested

    07/11/2011 5:34:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    fox 8 cleveland ^ | 7/11/11 | Jessica Dabrowski |
    CLEVELAND— The unruly passenger that caused United Airlines flight 944 headed from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany to make an unscheduled stop in Cleveland was arrested Monday. According to Stephen D. Anthony, the special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI, and Chief Michael McGrath with the Cleveland Police Department, Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, 21, repeatedly disobeyed orders from flight attendants Friday and his behavior eventually escalated to shoving, kicking and spitting. Related Flight Diverted to Cleveland Due to Unruly Passenger Flight Diverted to Cleveland Due to Unruly Passenger Cleveland Police Department Cleveland Hopkins Airport Status Updates Cleveland...
  • Saudi Arabian dollars buying American influence Delta Air Lines profits just tip of Shariah iceberg

    07/12/2011 11:16:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 7/12/11 | Bob Unruh
    The profits that Delta Air Lines logically expects from its plans to work with Saudi Arabian Airlines on flights from New York and Washington to Jeddah are just a tip of the Shariah iceberg that is lurking for the ship of the United States, according to an expert in Islam and its influences on America. Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and author of nearly a dozen books on Islam, including, "The Truth About Muhammad," told WND today that Muslims, especially those from Saudi Arabia, are moving with their monetary muscle into the United States to create an acceptance of...
  • Saudi plans to lift arms purchases from US to $90 bln

    07/07/2011 1:27:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06 Jul 2011 | Amena Bakr
    Saudi plans to lift arms purchases from US to $90 bln 06 Jul 2011 16:20 Source: reuters // Reuters * Extra $30 bln will be used to upgrade the Saudi navy * Riyadh jostling with Iran for influence in the Gulf By Amena Bakr RIYADH, July 6 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to raise its arms purchases from the United States to $90 billion from the $60 billion announced last year, as the kingdom seeks to upgrade it navy, diplomats in the Gulf said this week. Last year, U.S. officials said Riyadh planned to buy $60 billion worth of military...
  • Saudi embassy on Delta rumors: American Jews are always welcome!

    06/24/2011 4:02:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    hot air ^ | 6/24/11 | Allahpundit
    I’m overstating it a little. Even so, good news for Jewish readers: If you haven’t made any vacation plans this summer, there’s an exciting new option on the table. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today issued the following statement regarding the false story being circulated on the Internet regarding implications of Saudi Arabian Airlines membership in the Delta Airlines SkyTeam Alliance: “Rumors being circulated via the Internet regarding passenger flight restrictions on Saudi Arabian Airlines are completely false. The Government of Saudi Arabia does not deny visas to U.S. citizens based on their religion.” This has been their official policy...
  • Saudi Suggests 'Squeezing' Iran Over Nuclear Ambitions

    06/23/2011 12:47:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6/22/11 | Jay Solomon
    A leading member of Saudi Arabia's royal family warned that Riyadh could seek to supplant Iran's oil exports if the country doesn't constrain its nuclear program, a move that could hobble Tehran's finances. In closed-door remarks earlier this month, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal also strongly implied that Riyadh would be forced to follow suit if Tehran pushed ahead to develop nuclear weapons and said Saudi Arabia is preparing to employ all of its economic, diplomatic and security assets to confront Tehran's regional ambitions.
  • Maid's beheading in Saudi Arabia halts Indonesian domestic worker scheme

    06/23/2011 11:51:28 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/23/11
    Indonesia will suspend sending domestic helpers to Saudi Arabia after the beheading of a maid convicted of murdering her Saudi employer.Migrant worker Ruyati binti Sapubi, 54, was executed after she was convicted of murdering her Saudi employer, Khairiya bint Hamid Mijlid, with a meat cleaver. The maid carried out the killing after she was denied permission to leave the kingdom and return to her family in Indonesia, according to officials in Jakarta.