Saudi Arabia

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

Arab Countries Promise to Halt Flow of Fighters to ISIL

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry before a meeting Sept. 11, 2014, at the Royal Palace in Jiddah. Key Arab allies promised to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants. Brendan Smialowski/AP

The White House on Friday stressed the importance that Arab and Muslim countries pledge to help defeat the Islamic State even though none of the nations appear ready to put their own boots on the ground against the terrorist organization. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt. Jordan and Iraq ag... more

Line in the Sand Still Shapes Middle East

Sykes Picot Agreement

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)

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

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

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