Posts Tagged ‘Saudi Arabia’
RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi Arabia claimed Saturday that it has broken up an Islamic State group-linked network and made more than 430 arrests, foiling new attacks on Shiite mosques and a diplomatic mission.The IS group has claimed several deadly attacks in the Sunni-dominated kingdom.Authorities have “managed over the past few weeks to destroy an organisation, made of a cluster of cells, which is linked to the terrorist Daesh organisation,” the interior ministry announced, using the Arabic acronym for IS.The alleged members were engaged in a “plot managed from areas of unrest abroad, with the aim of sowing sectarian sedition and spreading chaos,” the ministry said.
Saudi Arabia has been heavily investing in the US government, so it is unlikely that the latest WikiLeaks revelations will seriously damage the relationship between the two key allies, Director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs Ali Al-Ahmed told RT.
The recent WikiLeaks release of around 70,000 hacked “Saudi Cable” documents, including diplomatic communiques and top secret intelligence reports, provide rare insight into the kingdom’s interior and foreign policies, its attempts to control how it is presented in both the Arabic and Western media, as well as its relationship with Israel. Some of the revelations could prove highly embarrassing, especially for its key ally, the United States.
There is no reason why Saudi Arabia should not buy Russian weapons and nothing could interfere with Moscow selling its arms to Riyadh, the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, told RT Arabic.
The newly signed memorandum serves as a prolongation and activation of previously signed similar documents, the minister said. The purchase now depends on the position of the armed forces of Saudi Arabia and the result of bilateral negotiations.
In the meantime, military experts of both sides are studying the issue.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Tighe Barry, a CODEPINK activist, from Washington, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen despite a truce the Saudis announced last week.
Press TV: I have asked this question during the past fifty days and I am still not getting really a clear answer, maybe you can enlighten us. Why Saudi Arabia is attacking Yemen?
Barry: Well, this is unclear to me except that Saudi Arabia is saying that they want to re-install Hadi as the president of Yemen, but Hadi ran away and I doubt he will ever come back. I think what Saudi Arabia is doing is similar to what Israel does in Gaza which I have been many times. They have a very poor country to their south that they can exploit. They want to use Yemen as a doormat and they will continue firing as they please with $60 billion worth of US military equipment, US logistics, and US training.
Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh says Saudi officials tried to bribe him in a failed attempt to secure his alliance against the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The former Saudi ambassador to Yemen “came to me with a message from the kingdom asking me to stand by (Yemen’s former fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour) Hadi… against the Houthis,” Saleh said in an interview with al-Mayadeen television channel aired on Friday, adding, “They told us ‘we’ll pay you millions of dollars if you ally with us.’”Saleh stated that he rejected the offer to show his support for “national unity for all political forces in Yemen.”
Saudi Arabia has bombarded areas across Yemen as a five-day humanitarian ceasefire announced by Riyadh approaches its end. According to Alalam reports on Sunday, artillery shells fired by Saudi forces hit areas in the district of Harad in the northwestern province of Hajja.
Saudi forces also targeted the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada. Reports said that at least four rockets fired by Saudi forces landed in the al-Hassamah area in the province.The Saudi attacks on Sunday came as a truce which went into effect on May 12 entered its last day.The ceasefire took effect nearly seven weeks after Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which currently controls the capital and major provinces, and to restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
DUBAI — Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, state media reported, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Tehran-allied Houthi movement.
The Alborz destroyer and Bushehr support vessel sailed from Bandar Abbas on a mission to protect Iranian shipping from piracy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in comments cited by Press TV.
Saudi Arabia and several Arab allies have imposed an air and naval blockade on Yemen as part of a two-week campaign to oust the Houthis, who have taken most of the country and forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Riyadh.