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A court sentenced four Saudi men to jail terms ranging from four months to nearly three years for traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join terrorist groups; at least some of them were also found guilty of facilitating the travel of jihadist fighters to the conflict zones. Saudi officials are planning to develop a "comprehensive program"" for combating religious extremism. The government signed an agreement with China for cooperation on the peaceful application of nuclear energy.
The Saudi Embassy in London issued a statement refuting claims in the UK media that Saudi Arabia supports the Islamic State. Saudi Arabia has previously banned Islamic State predecessor ISIS, as well as the Al Nusrah Front, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Saudi branch of Hezbollah. In a recent interview, popular Saudi cleric Sheikh Mohammad al-Arifi denied having called for jihad in Syria and supported al Qaeda in a statement last year on al Jazeera, denied having met with former Brotherhood prime minister Hisham Qandil, and denied having predicted the arrival of the caliphate.
A court sentenced four al Qaeda supporters, one in absentia, to jail terms ranging from two to five-and-a-half years. The suspects had tried to travel to Iraq, and had also helped others travel "to fight in troubled nations."