French delegation in Lebanon to finalize weapons needed by army

A 30 member French delegation of state and military officials is in Lebanon to finalize the list of military equipment that should be provided by France under the $3 billion Saudi Arabian grant that was finalized earlier this month, An-Nahar newspaper reported on Wednesday An-Nahar revealed that the list of equipment includes two kinds of […]

Pro-Hezbollah Singer , Ali Barakat Detained in Lebanon

Lebanese authorities have detained a pro-Hezbollah singer over some of his songs, including one that calls Saudi Arabia a “terrorist,” judicial officials and his father said Tuesday. Ali Barakat became known last year after releasing songs related to Syria’s civil war, including one about the opposition stronghold of Yabroud that was captured earlier this year […]

The “market will stabilize itself,” says Saudi oil minister at OPEC meeting

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said crude prices will stabilize while the United Arab Emirates said OPEC will do what it takes to balance the market. Angola predicted the 12-nation group will reach a consensus when it meets tomorrow. The “market will stabilize itself,” Ali Al-Naimi, the Saudi minister, told reporters in Vienna today. The world’s […]

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, […]