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Intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan said Saudi Arabia will make a "major shift" away from the US due to the US' policies towards Syria and Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the 2011 revolt in Bahrain. Former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal called Obama's Syrian policies "lamentable." US Secretary of State Kerry told Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal that the US valued the kingdom's leadership and said it would have more influence if it accepted the seat on the UN Security Council. Saudi Arabia's UN envoy criticized Israel and the UN on the Palestinian situation.
The Foreign Minister said Egypt is fighting terrorism, and criticized Western condemnation of the Egyptian military government's crackdown on Islamists. He said Arab and Muslim nations will step in to help Egypt financially if Western countries cut aid in protest against the crackdown. King Abdullah has promised to stand by Egypt, and has condemned the Muslim Brotherhood.
Authorities disclosed the recent arrest of two men, a Chadian and a Yemeni, who are suspected of planning suicide attacks. The Interior Ministry said the men were part of a "deviant group abroad," a term it uses for al Qaeda, and claimed the ongoing investigation is related to the recent closure of US diplomatic facilities in the region.
A court sentenced Raif Badawi, who founded the 'Free Saudi Liberals' website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, to 600 lashes and seven years in prison for criticizing the religious police and allegedly advocating "religious liberalization." Authorities in Jazan seized weapons and ammunition smuggled into the country. A senior Saudi cleric recently urged the faithful in Mecca to support Syrian rebels "by all means."
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon warned that his country would deport anyone who financially supports Hezbollah. Gulf Cooperation Council members Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates said earlier this month they would start limiting transactions of Hezbollah members in the Gulf area.
The Interior Ministry announced that 166 convicted "extremists" have graduated from the government's rehabilitation program. Since its creation for years ago, the Saudi terrorism court has passed judgment on 2,145 defendants accused of supporting terrorism in the country; some 2,800 other such defendants are currently on trial.
Saudi Arabia will soon open a luxury rehabilitation center in Riyadh for al Qaeda militants. There is already a rehab center in Jeddah, and three more are in the works. A total of 2,336 al Qaeda operatives have gone through the rehab program so far; some have returned to jihad, including Said al Shihri, who later became deputy leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The religious program at the centers is ultra-conservative and similar to al Qaeda's ideology.
Arab interior ministers at a security meeting in Riyadh accused Iran of supplying "logistic help to terrorist operations" in Bahrain and Yemen. They also congratulated the security services in both countries for "dismantling cells and uncovering dangerous terror plots."
The sheikh of the tribe to which al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula deputy emir Said al Shihri belonged said the tribe would not bury the AQAP leader. Al Shihri's father is said to have "disowned him after he walked in the path of terrorism."
The government is prosecuting 17 men for terrorism activities. The men are accused of sheltering al Qaeda operatives, plotting attacks against Aramco and oil tankers, fighting in Iraq, and financing terrorism.
The Interior Ministry said that two border guards were killed in a clash with 11 al Qaeda fighters as they attempted to enter Saudi Arabia from the border with Yemen. Ten of the fighters are Saudis who were previously imprisoned and then released after being 'rehabilitated.'
A court handed down sentences ranging from three to 25 years for 16 suspected al Qaeda members. The defendants, all Saudis except for one Yemeni, were accused of setting up al Qaeda training camps in Saudi Arabia and targeting oil sites, carrying out terror attacks, and conducting assassinations.
The Interior Ministry said it had broken up al Qaeda cells in Riyadh and Jeddah and arrested several cell members, including six Yemenis. Two Saudi nationals were also arrested and two more are being sought.
The government freed five women who are linked to al Qaeda leaders and operatives. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has demanded their release in exchange for a diplomat who was captured in Yemen; the Saudi government denied that the women's release is related.
The United Nations Security Council will remove Saad al Faqih from the al Qaeda sanctions list tomorrow evening if none of the nations on the council object. Faqih was added to the US's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists in 2004 for ties to top al Qaeda leaders.
A court sentenced 11 men to prison terms ranging from two to 15 years for membership in an al Qaeda-linked cell. The men had allegedly planned to attack US military forces in Kuwait as well as state-owned Aramco oil facilities.
The government has begun the trial of 16 al Qaeda operatives, including 14 Saudis, a Pakistani, and an Afghan, accused of killing a policeman and plotting attacks against military and government sites. The operatives are also accused of supporting and financing terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Two people were killed and three more were wounded during clashes with security forces in Eastern province. The Interior Ministry claimed that "foreign powers," a reference to Iran, are responsible.
A member of the royal family increased the bounty for capturing an Israeli soldier that was offered by a Saudi cleric from $100,000 to $1 million. Prince Khaled bin Talal said he offered the bounty to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners.
A court sentenced Haila Al Qusayyer to 15 years in prison and an additional 15-year travel ban upon her release. She financed, recruited, and fought for al Qaeda for years. Qusayyer is known as Madam al Qaeda as she was married to two of the terror group's senior leaders.