The Struggle to Erase Saudi Extremism

The rise of the Islamic State has once again turned the spotlight on Saudi Arabia, which is accused of supplying the theological foundation of the movement’s brutal ideology, as well as many of its fighters and funders. The kingdom faced similar criticism in 2001 after 15 of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 terrorist attacks […]

Saudi Arabia urges UN to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group

Saudi Arabia asked On Wednesday the U.N. Security Council to add Hezbollah to its list of “terrorist organizations”. “We call on the council to place Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations,” Saudi envoy to the Security Council Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said. Mouallimi stressed that his country is committed to “international cooperation aimed at eradicating terrorism,” […]

Saudi Arabia urges Egypt to end row with Qatar

The Saudi monarch has called on Egypt to follow its steps in ending a months-long dispute with Qatar after an agreement was reached earlier this week. The agreement, if implemented, promises to put an end to the worst diplomatic rift to hit the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In statements issued on the Saudi official news […]

Opec under pressure to cut output as price of crude continues to drop

Oil fell for a second straight day on Tuesday as traders looked beyond price defense attempts by Russia and Venezuela and toward Saudi Arabia and OPEC for fresh leads on whether the group will cut output when it meets later this month. Saudi Arabia, the most powerful member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting […]

Islamic State sets sights on Saudi Arabia

The leadership of Islamic State (IS) has no intention of standing still. In a 17-minute audio message, purportedly from its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group sets its sights firmly on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and the world’s largest oil producer and exporter. The speaker does not refer to it as Saudi Arabia, […]