Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia agrees to host training of moderate Syria rebels


WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia has agreed to host training camps for moderate Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama's broad strategy to combat Islamic State militants who have taken over parts of Syria and Iraq, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

Obama calls Saudi king ahead of speech on Islamic State

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Wednesday ahead of an evening speech in which the U.S. leader plans to lay out his strategy for defeating the militant group Islamic State.

World, Jordan, 10 Sep 2014

Saudi Arabia's clerics condemn IS but preach intolerance

DUBAI - When Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh described Islamic State and al Qaeda as "kharijites" last month, he was casting them as the ultimate heretics of Muslim history, a sect that caused the faith's first and most traumatic schism.

World, 10 Sep 2014

Saudi Arabia hosts talks with U.S., regional allies on Thursday

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia will hold talks about militant violence in the region on Thursday with the United States and Muslim allies, the kingdom announced on Tuesday, in an apparent attempt to support international efforts to tackle crises in Iraq and Syria.

World, 09 Sep 2014

Saudi jails six for going abroad to fight

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court jailed six people for up to six years for security offences including traveling abroad to fight, adopting militant ideology and "breaking obedience to the ruler", state media reported late on Sunday.

World, 08 Sep 2014

Saudi Arabia says it arrests 88 for preparing 'terrorist' raids

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has detained 88 people, more than half of them Saudis, on suspicion of plotting "terrorist" attacks at home and abroad, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

World, 02 Sep 2014

Saudi court jails 17 for seeking to fight in Iraq: SPA

DUBAI - A Saudi Arabian court jailed 17 men for up to 26 years on Monday for seeking to fight in Iraq and funding militants, official media reported, part of a security crackdown in which scores have been imprisoned in recent weeks.

World, Iraq, 01 Sep 2014

Saudi king warns of terrorism threat to U.S., Europe

DOHA - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East, the Saudi state news agency reported late on Friday.

World, 30 Aug 2014

Iraq and Syria pose Saudi dilemma - failed states or Iran proxies

RIYADH/DUBAI - With militant Islamists gaining the upper hand in Syria's rebel movement and grabbing big tracts of Western Iraq, Saudi Arabia's ruling family faces an increasingly uncomfortable dilemma.

Saudi mufti tells young Saudis not to heed call to jihad

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti urged young people on Thursday to ignore calls to jihad from people representing "deviant principles", the latest salvo in an anti-militant campaign by the kingdom's religious establishment.

World, 28 Aug 2014

U.S. says won't unleash 'shock and awe' air campaign in Syria

WASHINGTON - The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday.