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Saudi Arabia calls for the isolation of Assad

Rabat - Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal called on the international community to take 'practical steps to weaken the Syrian regime' while reaffirming the need for the political isolation of Bashar al Assad, Arab News reported. Speaking at the meeting of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Prince Saud said that Saudi Arabia would take action against the terrorist groups ISIS and Al Qae ...

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Saudi Pilots Threatened on Twitter After Successful Raids on ISIS

Marrakech - Saudi pilots who carried out air strikes on jihadists in Syria received online death threats Wednesday after their photos were published, according to AFP. Among the pilots is a son of the crown prince, according to the Saudi Press Agency which released the photographs of the eight airmen. One of the pilots involved in the raids is a son of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz himself, according t ...

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Meeting Heralds Possible Thaw in Iranian Saudi Relations

Marrakech - The Foreign Ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia met on Monday in New York. It was the first such meeting of the two great Islamic powers since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2013. An article by Iran’s official press agency IRNA reviewed by the UK Guardian newspaper quoted  Mohamed Javed Zarif as saying: “Both my Saudi counterpart and I believe that this meeting will be the fi ...

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Robert Satloff’s 10 Key Changes in the Middle East

Marrakech - Robert Satloff, director of the Washington Institute, recently wrote that Israel remains a key ally of leading Gulf countries and that the Middle East continues to be the major focus of American Foreign Policy, despite President Obama’s attempt to move towards the Asia Pacific earlier this year. In his article, Satloff identifies ten changes that are influencing the situation in the Middle East. ...

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Saudi Arabia Jails Takfiri Supporters for 13 Years for Fighting Overseas

Marrakech - Last February, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia confirmed that Saudi citizens who fight in foreign conflicts could be jailed for up to 20 years, reported Middle East Eye. A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced 13 defendants for up to 10 years in prison on charges that included joining an Islamist group and fighting overseas. The 13 were part of a larger group of 32 defendants and were convicte ...

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Shocking: Caged fox burned to death in Saudi Arabia

Agadir - The Saudi wildlife Commission has launched a public appeal to help identify a group of young Saudi men who appeared in a video burning a caged fox to death, according to Gulfnews.  The gruesome video shows young Saudis pouring what seems to be a highly inflammable substance on the helpless creature inside a cage before burning him. A voice heard in the background saying that the fox was punished be ...

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Saudi Scholar Claims that ISIS is Backed by Western Intelligence

Rabat - Saudi Shura council member Dr. Aissa Al-Ghaith has said that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), recently named Islamic State (IS) is backed by international intelligence agencies, likening the terror organization to a sacrifice sheep which is being fattened in preparation for slaughter. In an interview with Television channel Rotana Khalijia, Al-Ghaith who is a member of the consultative As ...

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Moroccan Troops to Join Gulf Forces?

Marrakech - The Arab daily Al Massae, reports that the Gulf countries are trying to persuade Morocco and Jordan to join their forces in the war against the Islamic State terrorist organization. Requests were also sent to Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt.   Defense News  reported that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was seeking to form a military bloc with Morocco and Jordan to resolve manpower issues. A Jorda ...

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Saudi Arabia: Moroccan Woman Flagellated Over Prostitution Charges

Rabat -A Moroccan woman has been sentenced to flogging and imprisonment after she has allegedly been caught by Saudi Arabian police while offering sex services for money. The court in the Province of Taif has reportedly sentenced the Moroccan woman, a current resident of Saudi Arabia, to four months in prison, flogging and a fine estimated at  SAR1000 ($267 U.S. ), as well as the seizure of her cell phone a ...

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Saudi Ministers, Civil Servants Banned from Marrying Foreign Women

Rabat -Saudi Arabia has reportedly passed a new law that bans Saudi Ministers from marrying non-Saudi Arabian women. The new law consisting of eleven articles has been issued recently by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior. Under the first article of the new law, Saudi ministers, diplomats and members of the Shura Council, as well as senior officials, including officers and officials holding sensitive posts ...

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United Arab Emirates and Egypt Involved in Libya’s Capital Tripoli bombardments

Rabat - Four senior American officials reportedly said that United Arab Emirates was behind the unidentified war plane that bombarded the Libyan capital Tripoli on August 18, leaving five militants killed and several others injured. Egypt and United Arab Emirates allegedly teamed up to carry out an air attack against Islamist-allied militias that were on the verge of victory over anti-Islamist forces based ...

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Kuwait Revokes Citizenship of Muslim Cleric over Gaza Statements

Tinjedad - The Kuwaiti government has reportedly revoked the citizenship of a well-known Muslim cleric along with nine more other citizens over their “statements in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.” Among the ten people affected by the government's decision, Nabil al-Awadhi, a prominent Islamic cleric who, is reportedly close to the Islamic brotherhood. Based on article 13 of the Kuwaiti citi ...

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