Associated Press Published 1:26 PM EST Jan 26, 2019 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, evidence of the type of weapons program it has long criticized its archrival Iran for possessing. Further raising the stakes for any such program are comments by Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who said last year the kingdom wouldn’t hesitate to develop nuclear weapons if Iran does. Ballistic missiles can carry nuclear warheads to targets thousands of kilometers (miles) away. Officials in Riyadh and the Saudi Embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment. Having such a program could further strain relations with the U.S., the kingdom’s longtime security partner, at a time when ties already are being tested by the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led war in … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia ballistic missile program:
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Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Updated 10:49 pm PST, Friday, January 25, 2019 FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photograph, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman adjusts his robe as leaders gather for the group at the G20 Leader's Summit at the Costa Salguero Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, potentially thrusting the kingdom into a weapons program it long has criticized its archrival Iran for possessing. less FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photograph, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman adjusts his robe as leaders gather for the group at the G20 Leader's Summit at the Costa Salguero Center in Buenos ... more Photo: Ricardo Mazalan, AP … [Read more...] about Experts, images suggest a Saudi ballistic missile program
POLITICS 01/06/2019 05:49 pm ET Updated 1 hour ago The kingdom's decision to ban an episode of Minhaj's Netflix show comes after months of Saudi attacks on the first Muslim U.S. congresswomen. By Akbar Shahid Ahmed After the worst year for Saudi Arabia’s image since the 9/11 attacks involved several of its citizens, the kingdom began 2019 with a fresh controversy by asking Netflix to block Saudi users from viewing an episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.” On Jan. 1, The Financial Times confirmed that Netflix had complied ― setting off international condemnation and a wave of renewed attention to a sketch Minhaj released months ago. (He appreciated the publicity.) But beyond the absurdity and outrage is a reminder of a powerful trend that matters not just for the Saudis’ ongoing struggle to sustain their place in the world but for 1.6 billion people associated with the religion that was founded in the country, Islam. The … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia Fears Critics Like Hasan Minhaj. But They’ll Only Get Louder.
Opinion The killing a month ago of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist critical of Riyadh, under the most peculiar of circumstances is the latest in a litany of acrimonious moves Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has made since 2015. Such actions have seemingly increased after Crown Prince Mohammed consolidated power by dramatically unseating his uncle as crown prince and imprisoning his rivals in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton for months in 2017. As Riyadh has flexed its muscles in ways that appear to complicate U.S. interests in the region, Washington has seemingly acquiesced to, or at times seemed to welcome, Saudi adventurism, including a devastating military campaign abroad supported by limited U.S. military assistance. To many, the United States appears beholden to the kingdom. In actuality, Riyadh needs Washington more than Washington needs Riyadh, and the missteps in Saudi decision-making have caused significant damage to the kingdom’s reputation, reinforcing its … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia Needs America. Now May Be the Perfect Time for Trump to Use That Leverage
DALLAS >> Saudi Arabia’s status as the biggest oil exporter gives it the power to jolt the global economy — if it wants. ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, walks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, today. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. DALLAS >> Saudi Arabia’s status as the biggest oil exporter gives it the power to jolt the global economy — if it wants. That was the kingdom’s message when it warned Washington and President Donald Trump against imposing sanctions over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident. Trump, who bragged at rallies about his business dealings with rich Saudis, said over the weekend there would be “severe … [Read more...] about As an oil giant, Saudi threats against U.S. loom large