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Sunni States Back Saudi Arabia in Growing Row With Iran

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia’s Sunni allies rallied behind the kingdom on Monday and several joined Riyadh in severing or downgrading diplomatic relations with Tehran, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East. Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), home to hundreds of

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Iraqi Sunni Mosques Attacked in Apparent Retaliation

BAGHDAD, Jan 4 – At least two Sunni Muslim mosques have been attacked in Iraq in apparent retaliation for the execution of a senior Shi’ite cleric in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, officials and police said on Monday. The interior ministry in Baghdad confirmed the attacks late Sunday in Hilla, around 100 km (60 miles) south of

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Iran: Riyadh Thrives on Tension Following Severed Ties

DUBAI, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia used an attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel tensions, Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday after Riyadh severed diplomatic relations. Iran was committed to protecting its foreign diplomatic missions, the ministry added. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in the early hours of Sunday

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Iran-Saudi Relations: What You Need To Know

Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran on Sunday over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, in a deepening crisis between the regional adversaries following the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy early on Sunday and Shiite Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali

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‘Enough is Enough,’ Source Familiar With Saudi Thinking Says

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia’s position toward Iran is that “enough is enough,” a source familiar with the Saudi government’s thinking said on Sunday after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric and Riyadh cut diplomatic ties with Tehran. The source, who spoke on condition of

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Shiites Worldwide Slam Execution of Saudi Cleric

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI, Jan 2 – Saudi Arabia’s execution of a leading cleric from the Shiite Muslim minority drew protests from around the world against the ruling Al Saud family and threatened to further intensify a wave of sectarian conflict in the Middle East. Lebanon’s Supreme Islamic Shiite Council called Saturday’s execution of cleric

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Anger as Shiite Cleric Among 47 in Mass Saudi Terrorism Execution

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Jan 2 – Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric and dozens of Al Qaeda members on Saturday, signaling it would not tolerate attacks by either Sunni jihadists or minority Shiites seeking equality, but stirring sectarian anger across the region. Scores of Shiite Muslims marched through the Qatif district of

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Dancing with Daesh

Former Baathists are backing out of their dalliance with the terrorist militia BY Suadad Al Salhy On June 6, 2014, when militants of the terrorist group Daesh attacked Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city, they numbered no more than a few hundred. The militants seized control over five neighborhoods in the western part of the city, easily

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Daesh Denounces Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Terror Coalition

DOHA, Dec 20 – Daesh threatened to attack Saudi Arabia for “colluding with crusaders” after the oil-rich kingdom said it had established a 34-state Muslim military coalition to target the militants. In a weekly publication documenting its military activities, the jihadist group described as “morons and fools” the 34 members of the coalition which Saudi

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