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Iranian women gather during a demonstration against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr (portrait) by Saudi authorities, at Imam Hossein Square in the capital Tehran on January 4, 2016

Saudi Foreign Minister Defends 'Terrorist' Shiite Cleric's Execution

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir defended the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric earlier this month, brushing off claims that he was a religious scholar and labeling him a terrorist.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Nimr al-Nimr was among 47 convicted prisoners Riyadh had executed in early January, prompting a violent backlash in Iran to which Saudi Arabia responded by cutting diplomatic ties with Tehran.

"Nimr al-Nimr is a terrorist, not a religious scholar," Jubeir said in an interview with the CNN broadcaster late Tuesday, adding that he has "recruited, justified, funded, equipped, plotted, and he engaged in terror attacks" that killed security personnel.

Jubeir further compared Nimr to Osama bin Laden, saying the cleric was "as much of a religious scholar" as the slain al-Qaeda terrorist group leader.

On January 2, demonstrators in Iran stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the consulate in Mashhad. Following the incident, Saudi Arabia announced it was breaking diplomatic ties and air links with Iran.

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  • The bin Laden comparison was not a very good idea, considering that mot of the 9/11 terrorists were supposedly from Saudi Arabia.
    www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/06/declassification-28-pages-911-saudis-column/28926283
  • art
    //Geraldo Rivera battled a rather stunned Eric Bolling tonight on The O’Reilly Factor over his insistence that it is Saudi Arabia, not Iran, that represents the “gravest threat” to the United States.//

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Advd-ij64m4
  • vvj3080
    The US is already is a terrorist nation by colluding with the womanizing Al Sauds. Their democracy is full of lies. Maybe only Trump can change it as he has been slamming the1% special interest.
  • arnelmadrinan
    this camel fucker is really a disgrace to human race
  • This is the same devil that was alleged to have been targeted by a Mexican drug lord paid with money wired from Iran via normal banking channels?! 90% of the saud oil comes from the shia eastern province, thats where the problem is.
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