Saudi Arabia

Saudi Sergeant Accused of Vegas Child Rape

Associated Press | Jan 05, 2013

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

Line in the Sand Still Shapes Middle East

Sykes Picot Agreement

Stars and Stripes | Jun 20, 2014

The stunning victories by Islamic militants in northern Iraq have drawn attention to a militant group whose goal is an Islamic state encompassing parts of Iraq, Syria and other countries of the eastern Mediterranean.   To outsiders, the goals sound delusional. But many Arab politicians have complained for years that the current political divis... more

From Riyadh to Beirut, Fear of Syria Blowback

The burned car of Hisham al-Mughayar, 45, the father of the suicide bomber Nidal al-Mughayar, which was torched by angry residents. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Associated Press | Feb 28, 2014

BISARIYEH, Lebanon - The once-tranquil, religiously mixed village of Bisariyeh is seething: Two of its young men who fought alongside the rebels in Syria recently returned home radicalized and staged suicide bombings in Lebanon. The phenomenon is being watched anxiously across the Mideast, particularly in Saudi Arabia, where authorities are mov... more

Saudi King Orders Punishing Jihadi Fighters

Associated Press | Feb 03, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah issued a royal decree on Monday that punishes citizens who fight in conflicts outside the kingdom, with prison sentences ranging from three to 20 years in jail. The statement issued by the Saudi Royal Court also says that any Saudi citizen who joins extremist terrorist groups or supports them ... more

Saudi King Replaces Air Force Commander

Associated Press | May 11, 2013

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's monarch has replaced the commander of the kingdom's air force. The official Saudi Press Agency says that Crown Prince Salman received Lt. Gen. Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Ayesh on Saturday, the day after King Abdullah issued a decree referring him to retirement. The prince also received his replacement as c... more

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