Saudi Arabia

Saudi King Abdullah Dies, Prince Salman Named as Successor

In this Nov. 22, 2010, file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, left, speaks with Prince Salman, the Saudi King's brother and Riyadh governor, right. AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90. A royal court statement said the king died at 1 a.m. on Friday. His successor was announced as 79-year-old... more

Saudi Sergeant Accused of Vegas Child Rape

LAS VEGAS - A sergeant in Saudi Arabia's air force was jailed in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a young boy into a hotel room and sexually assaulted him the morning of Sin City's big New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza. Mazen Alotaibi, 23, faces charges including kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor and felony coercion that could get ... more

Old Questions about Saudi Arabia, 9-11 Raised Anew

An American flag flies over the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center buildings in New York on Sept. 13, 2001. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON — For years, some current and former American officials have been urging President Barack Obama to release secret files they say document links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 attacks. Other officials, including the executive director of the Sept. 11 commission, have said the classified documents do not prove ... more

Muslim-American Groups Slam Pentagon Essay Contest Honoring Saudi King

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is sponsoring an essay competition at National Defense University as "a fitting tribute to the life and leadership" of the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died Jan. 23. Some Muslim American groups opposed to the Saudi monarchy have complained, saying the concept is deeply offen... more

Red Reef 15 Closes With Joint Demonstration

A landing craft utility exits the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock to transport Marines and Sailors assigned to the 11th MEU and Comstock ashore. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Released)

RAS AL KHAIR, Saudi Arabia  -- U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces officially concluded exercise Red Reef 15 with a joint demonstration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dec. 16. Red Reef 15 is a biennial, bilateral exercise between the United States and the Ki... more

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