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Document: Saudis pushed U.S. for 'Arab force'

WorldTribune.com LONDON — Saudi Arabia proposed an Arab military force to battle the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. A U.S. government report said the Saudi leadership lobbied for the formation of an Arab League military mission that would battle Hizbullah in Lebanon. The Arab force was designed to receive military and intelligence assistance from both NATO and the […]

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Package bombmaker targeted: 'For the House of Saud this is personal'

Package bombmaker targeted: 'For the House of Saud this is personal'

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com Disclosure that Saudi intelligence was the source behind the discovery of two package bombs sent from Yemen on American freight company jets highlights the kingdom’s all-out effort to find and stop Al Qaida bombmaker Ibraham Ashiri, who is credited with manufacturing the bombs. The reason: Asiri was behind the suicide […]

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Iran, Saudi Arabia vying for board of powerful UN women's agency

Iran, Saudi Arabia vying for board of powerful UN women's agency

UNITED NATIONS – Iran, where a woman convicted of adultery has been sentenced to death by stoning, is likely to become a member of the board of the new U.N. agency to promote equality for women, prompting outrage from the U.S. and human rights groups. Some rights groups are also upset that Saudi Arabia, where […]

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Greens protest Sweden's missile exports to Saudis

LONDON — Sweden is under assault from its opposition parties for exporting missiles and other munitions to Saudi Arabia. Officials said the Swedish government has approved an acceleration of military exports to Saudi Arabia in 2010. They said Swedish air and naval munitions arrived in Saudi Arabia throughout the first half of this year. “They […]

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Saudis install 1,700 cameras to monitor Mecca pilgrims

Saudis install 1,700 cameras to monitor Mecca pilgrims

ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has installed and operated an advanced command and control system to monitor millions of pilgrims for the annual Haj. Officials said the Saudi Interior Ministry has overseen the procurement and installation of communications equipment and sensors to monitor the Haj. They said the Civil Defense Department has been operating an […]