Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Aug 26, 2015

Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that he is open to the idea of a coalition against Islamic State but indicated there is little chance of it happening among his enemies, casting further doubt on a Russian plan to forge an alliance against the ...

Aug 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia executed 175 in past year: report

Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people over the past 12 months, on average one person every two days, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International. The 43-page report titled “Killing In the Name of Justice: The Death Penalty in Saudi ...

Aug 1, 2015

Bin Laden relatives reportedly killed in British plane crash

A private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, killing four people on board, a spokesman for the Hampshire police service said, and Saudi and British media said the passengers were relatives of deceased al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. A spokeswoman for the British ...

Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen port town leave at least 120 people dead

Jul 26, 2015

Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen port town leave at least 120 people dead

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit a residential area in a quiet Red Sea town in Yemen on Saturday, killing at least 120 people in the deadliest strike against civilians since the March offensive began, security and medical officials said. Hours later, the coalition unexpectedly announced ...

Jul 19, 2015

Saudi Arabia 'thwarts Islamic State attacks,' holds 400

Saudi Arabia said Saturday it had broken up planned attacks by the Islamic State group in the kingdom and arrested more than 400 suspects in an anti-terrorism sweep, a day after a powerful blast in neighboring Iraq killed more than 100 people in one ...

Iran's nuclear deal puts Saudis on edge

Jul 15, 2015

Iran's nuclear deal puts Saudis on edge

Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers Tuesday will make the Middle East a “more dangerous part of the world” if it comes with too many concessions, a Saudi official said, signaling gulf Arabs’ deep unease over the accord. The Saudis and their gulf allies ...

WikiLeaks leaks over 500,000 Saudi documents

Jun 20, 2015

WikiLeaks leaks over 500,000 Saudi documents

WikiLeaks is in the process of publishing more than 500,000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the Internet, the transparency website said Friday, a move that echoes its famous release of U.S. State Department cables in 2010. WikiLeaks said it has already posted roughly 60,000 files. ...

Houthi forces in Yemen seize provincial capital

Jun 14, 2015

Houthi forces in Yemen seize provincial capital

Houthi forces and their army allies in Yemen seized the capital of a large desert province on the border with Saudi Arabia on Sunday, residents said, an important victory for the group ahead of peace talks in Geneva on Monday. The Houthis, the dominant ...