The Lapses That Let a Saudi Extremist Shoot Up a U.S. Navy Base

by Michael LaForgia and Eric Schmitt | The New York Times

President Donald Trump stepped before the cameras at a White House news conference less than a month after his inaugural and declared that he was already taking bold steps to keep “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the United States.… Continues

Israel Is The Middle East’s True Military Superpower

It’s military is second-to-none.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: The inability of Israel to develop long-term, stable, positive relationships with its immediate neighbors, regional powers, and the subject populations of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip means that Jerusalem continues to feel insecure, its dominance on land, air, and sea notwithstanding.… Continues

Saudi princes’ detentions sent a message: don’t block my path to the throne

by Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s crown prince meant to send a strong message to critics within the royal family by detaining senior princes this weekend: Don’t you dare oppose my succession to the throne.

The main target in the crackdown, sources said, is King Salman’s brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, one of only three members of the Allegiance Council, the royal body that endorses the line of succession, to oppose Mohammed bin Salman becoming crown prince in 2017 in a palace coup.… Continues

Putin Dumps MBS to Start a War on America’s Shale Oil Industry

by Ilya Arkhipov, Will Kennedy, Olga Tanas and Grant Smith | Bloomberg

Putin Dumps MBS to Start a War on America’s Shale Oil Industry

(Bloomberg) — At 10:16 a.m. on a wet and dreary Friday morning, Russia’s energy minister walked into OPEC’s headquarters in central Vienna knowing his boss was ready to turn the global oil market upside down.Alexander… Continues

Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice

by Anuj Chopra | AFP

An unidentified Chinese Uighur man in the city of Medina holds his expired Chinese passport (red) and a one-way travel document (blue) issued in its place by the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia
An unidentified Chinese Uighur man in the city of Medina holds his expired Chinese passport (red) and a one-way travel document (blue) issued in its place by the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia (AFP Photo/-)

Medina (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – His eyes brimming with tears, a Uighur student in Saudi Arabia holds out his Chinese passport — long past its expiry date and condemning him to an uncertain fate as the kingdom grows closer to Beijing.… Continues

Saudis Put Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Behind Them With Death Sentences and a Three-Day Rave

By Christopher Dickey | The Daily Beast

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

PARIS—It looks like heads will roll in Saudi Arabia, literally, for the murder last year of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But they’ll be detached from people that few Saudis and fewer Americans have ever heard of, and certainly not Crown Prince Mohammed Salman (MBS), the mercurial and malign monarch-in-waiting beloved of the Trump clan.… Continues

Saudi sentences 5 to death for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

By Associated Press

FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a news conference in Manama, Bahrain. A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced five people to death for the killing of Washington Post columnist Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year by a team of Saudi agents.
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Saudi Arabia’s Energy Infrastructure Under Attack. What’s Next?

If a single armada of drones can make its way across the Saudi airspace undetected and successfully hit targets with surgical precision and maximum damage, then one must conclude the country’s vulnerability quota is quite high.

by Nicola De BlasioHenry Lee | The National Interest

When more than twenty drones and cruise missiles attacked Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure recently, they took down approximately half of the kingdom’s oil production.… Continues

This Means War: Saudi Arabia Is Thinking About Attacking Iran

Where does this end?

by Stratfor Worldview Follow @Stratfor on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: Saudi Arabia might not strike back without full U.S. support, but Tehran is thinking about it.

Two weeks after a devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais, one major question remains up in the air: What are the United States and Saudi Arabia going to do in response?… Continues