The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, . . . → Read More: Is ISIS a mutation of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism?
Late on Friday, the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General finally released the findings of its internal investigation, concluded in 2005, into intelligence failures leading up to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The few sections left un-redacted in the 500-page report do not appear to offer any major revelations.
But the very final section . . . → Read More: Some insight into Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11
(By Russ Wellen) Saudi Arabia’s perceived need to keep Iran at bay is distracting it from the danger that the Islamic State poses to its regime.
Last week in Politico magazine, Gary Sick wrote about what he calls the “most dramatic shift in Saudi policy since at least World War II.” To wit:
. . . → Read More: Forget Iran, KSA should focus on Sunni militants
In addition to 10,000 rooms, it will feature 70 restaurants and multiple helipads
The Abraj Kudai according to the design plan. PHOTO COURTESY: Dar al Handasah
. . . → Read More: Makkah to own world’s largest hotel
In a heated exchange at the United Nations on April 21, Riyadh’s representative,Abdallah al-Mouallimi, made a thinly veiled reference to the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen before saying that Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to also help the Syrian people. This provoked a sharp response from Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar . . . → Read More: Syria may be Saudi Arabia’s next target
The Saudi clan fears two things: the rise of a non-Saudi tribe in its neighbourhood and the idea that the people can bring in a change in government
The recognised government of Syria has been under attack by militants mostly belonging to terrorist outfits guising themselves as Islamists. Their actions have . . . → Read More: Turkey and Saudi Arabia have always helped rebels
So much noise and yet so little knowledge. It’s rather amusing to see so many Pakistanis celebrating the Parliament’s resolution to remain neutral in the Yemen conflict. They are cheering Pakistan’s decision not to send its troops to fight on the side of the Saudis against the Houthi rebels.
However, most probably by the time . . . → Read More: Every Bakistanis job to defend Yemen
While it seems that the ambiguity over the role Pakistan will play in the Yemen crisis is going nowhere any time soon, there are two questions that come to mind. When did it start? And more importantly, when will it end? Though I would like to think that only the Prime Minister would . . . → Read More: What happens in Mecca, stays in Mecca