King Salman Issues Royal Decrees on Security as U.S. Praises ‘Strong Counterterrorism Relationship’

Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a number of royal decrees on Thursday regarding the Kingdom's security governance, creating a new security authority and separating forces from the Ministry of the Interior, according to reports.

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Saudi Official Who Was Thought to Be Under House Arrest Receives a Promotion

In a series of royal decrees, King Salman, the Saudi monarch, announced the creation of a new body to handle domestic security and counterterrorism issues ...


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Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Friday, that three wanted men were killed in clashes with security forces in Qatif. ...


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Saudi Arabia is making good on promises to curtail oil shipments to the United States with the likely intention to drain visible inventories and support ...


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FIFA approves Saudi Arabia-Japan move Australia made to wait

Japan currently sit atop Group A with Saudi Arabia second, tied for points with third-placed Australia but ahead by one on goal difference. ...


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Saudi prince arrested after video claimed to show him abusing man

Saudi Arabia’s state TV reported on Wednesday that the king ordered a full investigation into the incidents and the arrest of Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz ...


al-Ha’ir prison

Saudi Arabia is rehabilitating jihadists in a lavish prison

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