Saudi Arabia on Monday reported three shells hit the Arar area inside the country along its border with Iraq, where jihadist-led militants have gone on the offensive.
A prominent rights lawyer described by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience has been sentenced to 15 years in jail by Saudi authorities, relatives said in statement posted on Twitter.
Two suspected al-Qaeda militants blew themselves up on Saturday after being trapped inside a government building in southern Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said, following an attack on a border post with Yemen that also killed four security men. An Interior Ministry spokesman said they were a part of a group of six al-Qaeda militants, who attacked the Wadia border post on Friday from Yemen. Three of the militants were killed on Friday and a fourth was captured after being injured, reports Reuters.
Islamic insurgents in the Middle East declared a creation of an Islamic State, or caliphate, on the captured territories from Iraq and Syria and called on Muslims from around the world to rush to the region to build their own homeland. The leader of the self proclaimed state called for an era of international jihad. Israel Shamir, an Israeli independent expert, pointed out that the group's intentions are so far unclear.
The United States has outstripped Saudi Arabia and Russia in oil extraction, the Bloomberg news agency reports citing Energy Intelligence Group.
Saudi-owned al-Arabia television said on Saturday that two suspected al-Qaeda militants who had been surrounded inside a government building in southern Saudi Arabia after an attack on a border post with Yemen blew themselves up early on Saturday.
It is highly unlikely that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, will be able to establish a caliphate. What the brutal Jihadist group aims at is to "become the spiritual successor of al-Qaeda that was once seen by extremists all over the world as a unifying group", believes Andrew Korybko, a Moscow-based political analyst and journalist. He points out that ISIS already has more gains on the ground than its notorious counterpart ever did.
US President Barack Obama discussed Iraq and the violent rise of a Sunni insurgent group there in a telephone call on Wednesday with Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, the White House said, reports Reuters. Obama thanked the Saudi king for his $500 million pledge to help Iraqis displaced by an upsurge in violence as militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant seized provinces in the north and west of Iraq, it said in a statement.
The sacred Muslim month of Ramadan begins today. Yesterday Saudi astrologers announced the appearance of a thin crescent of the Moon in the sky which meant the end of the month of Sha'ban and the beginning of a new month in 1435, according to the lunar calendar. Thus, starting with today, the people of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Syria, Oman and Qatar are fastening. Meanwhile, in Yemen and some European countries Ramadan began yesterday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is holding meetings with leaders of the Syrian opposition after landing in Saudi Arabia, the broadcaster al-Arabiya reports.
Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and visiting British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond discussed Tuesday the latest turmoil in Iraq, which borders the oil rich kingdom, state news agency SPA reported.
Terrorism is the most dangerous threat facing the Middle East, it could trigger a new wave of dissolution among states in the region, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during an official visit to Saudi Arabia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, while on a visit to Saudi Arabia, has met with Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov travels to Saudi Arabia Friday to discuss the situation in Syria and Iraq, a Russian Foreign Ministry official said. "Lavrov will visit Jeddah at the invitation of Saud al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for talks with members of the Saudi leadership," the official noted.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on June 20-21 will visit Saudi Arabia to meet with the leadership of this country. "Today and tomorrow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay a visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, "- said yesterday Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich during a press briefing.
Iraq can produce around 3 million barrels of oil per day. By any measure this is a lot of oil, placing the country in the premier league of oil producers. However, the situation in Iraq is likely to evolve in such a way that this production potential will be fully controlled by the infamous Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed the draft of an intergovernmental agreement on nuclear cooperation and future steps toward signing, Rosatom said in a statement, according to Interfax reports.
Iraq's Shi'ite-led cabinet blamed Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for promoting "genocide" in Iraq by backing Sunni militants, in a statement which could exacerbate the sectarian polarization in the Middle East.
A Saudi court sentenced 33 suspected Islamist militants on Monday to up to 30 years in prison, the official Saudi Press Agency said, eight years after their arrest on terrorism charges.