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A Saudi court sentenced 33 of 71 people who were arrested in 2006 in Riyadh on suspicion of setting up a terrorist cell, handing down prison terms of up to 30 years. Some of those sentenced were also banned from travel after the conclusion of their prison terms. The status of the remaining 38 Islamist militants is unknown.
At a meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministers attended by the US Defense Secretary Hagel, Saudi Arabia's defense minister called for more cooperation with the US in the face of rising regional security challenges, and warned against "hesitance and delay" in dealing with them. Hagel reiterated the US' support, but also urged the Gulf nations defense ministers to coordinate more closely with the US on aid being provided to Syrian rebels. Hagel stated later: "We agreed that our assistance must be complementary and that it must be carefully directed to the moderate opposition." King Abdullah announced new defense ministry appointments.