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Riyadh sacks military commanders, opens barracks to women
King Salman signed the decree replacing the ground forces and air defence chiefs. The young and powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is behind the decision. Among the reasons is the unsuccessful military campaign in Yemen. A brother of purge victim Bin Talal was promoted to deputy governor.
29/04/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
New Saudi power structure to boost fight against al Qaeda and Iran
King Salman shuffles the kingdom’s top positions. Leading terror fighter Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef becomes crown prince. The king’s powerful son, in his 30s, becomes deputy crown prince. As a supporter of a hardline against Iran, he is the kingdom’s real strongman.
14/12/2017 10:18:00 ISRAEL - SAUDI ARABIA
Israeli Minister: Israel allies with the Saudis against Iran, the 'absolute enemy'
The government invited the Saudi hereditary prince to visit Israel. Saudi Arabia, "the richest and most influential country in the Arab world" is the ideal represented by the Palestinians, "too weak and divided". Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic relations, but in recent months there have been signs of openness.
23/05/2016 14:34:00 SAUDI ARABIA - YEMEN
Riyadh going through backdoor diplomacy to reach deal with Houthi rebels in Yemen conflict
Saudi Arabia’s deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is seeking behind-the-scene mediation with Yemen’s Shia movement to protect the kingdom from possible Houthi attacks. Riyadh wants protection after promoting divisions and violence in Yemen.
25/02/2017 15:40:00 INDONESIA – SAUDI ARABIA
Oil. Pilgrimage, and Saudi king’s visit to Indonesia
On 1 March, King Salman will arrive in Jakarta on an official visit. Breaking with Protocol, President Widodo will welcome him in person at the airport. The Saudi monarch will travel with an entourage of about 1,500 people, including government ministers and princes. The visit includes a short vacation in Bali.
08/11/2017 17:13:00 SAUDI ARABIA – IRAN
Mohammed bin Salman launches 'total war' against Iran
According to the Saudi crown prince, Tehran supplied missiles used by Houthi rebels to attack Riyadh airport. For him, it was a “direct military aggression’ that is tantamount to “act of war”. Iran has denied the charges, accusing Saudi Arabia instead of “provocative actions”. Lebanon’ stability is now at risk.
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