Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Hashem is an Iraqi refugee who came to San Francisco in 1994. (Courtesy photo)

Stories of Refugees, Part I: Out of Iraq

In the next few fortnights, this column will focus on stories of…

 

In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York after terrorists crashed two planes into the towers causing both to collapse. The government is preparing to release a once-classified chapter of a congressional report about the attacks of Sept. 11, that questions whether Saudi nationals who helped the hijackers with things like finding apartments and opening bank accounts knew what they were planning. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday July 15, 2016, that the release of the 28-page chapter is "imminent.” (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

Secret chapter of 9/11 inquiry released after 13-year wait

WASHINGTON — Under wraps for 13 years, the U.S. on Friday released…

 

State-linked Saudi news websites reported an explosion has gone off outside the Prophet's Mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites in the city of Medina on Monday, the same day that two suicide bombers struck different cities in Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)

Explosion near one of Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An explosion went off outside one of…

 

Uber said Wednesday that it is getting a massive cash infusion from Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Uber raises $3.5 billion from Saudi investment fund

Uber said Wednesday it is getting a massive cash infusion from Saudi…

Uber said Wednesday that it is getting a massive cash infusion from Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012, file photo Bob Graham speaks in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)

White House poised to release secret pages from 9/11 inquiry

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will likely soon release at least part…

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012, file photo Bob Graham speaks in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Salman walk together to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with US

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with…

President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Salman walk together to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
In this photo taken Friday, April 8, 2016 and  provided by Russian Defense Ministry press service, a Russian serviceman checks for mines in Palmyra, Syria.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)

With UN envoy in Damascus, IS takes Syrian town from rebels

DAMASCUS, Syria — Islamic State militants recaptured a vital border crossing in…

In this photo taken Friday, April 8, 2016 and  provided by Russian Defense Ministry press service, a Russian serviceman checks for mines in Palmyra, Syria.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)
Iraqi security forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters evacuate an injured woman after she was shot by Islamic State group fighters as she tried to cross from neighborhoods under control of Islamic State group to neighborhoods under control of Iraqi security forces in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)

Iraq must walk a fine line amid Iranian, Saudi tensions

BAGHDAD — While many Iraqi Shiites took to the streets in outrage…

Iraqi security forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters evacuate an injured woman after she was shot by Islamic State group fighters as she tried to cross from neighborhoods under control of Islamic State group to neighborhoods under control of Iraqi security forces in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
Iranian and Turkish demonstrators hold pictures of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr as they protest outside the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Saudis cut ties with Iran following Shiite cleric execution

TEHRAN, Iran — Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it was severing diplomatic relations…

Iranian and Turkish demonstrators hold pictures of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr as they protest outside the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey said that the two San Bernardino shooters were radicalized at least two years ago and had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FBI: California shooters radicalized at least 2 years ago

WASHINGTON — The two San Bernardino shooters were radicalized at least two…

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey said that the two San Bernardino shooters were radicalized at least two years ago and had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Secretary of State John Kerry walks to the Hotel Bristol in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday for a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)

At heart of Syria talks, what to do about Assad

VIENNA — The success or failure of the Syrian peace talks this…

Secretary of State John Kerry walks to the Hotel Bristol in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday for a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)
This handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Su-24 bomber taking off on a night combat mission from Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Syria’s Assad said to favor vote, but only after victory

DAMASCUS, Syria — President Bashar Assad is willing to run in an…

This handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Su-24 bomber taking off on a night combat mission from Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Assad-Putin meeting signals push to end Syria crisis

MOSCOW — Bashar Assad's surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin could signal that…

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Emergency services attend to victims of a crush in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday. (AP Photo)

Over 700 killed in crush of hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

MINA, Saudi Arabia — Two giant waves of Muslim pilgrims collided at…

Emergency services attend to victims of a crush in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday. (AP Photo)
AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinPresident Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Gulf leaders gather in Washington to push Obama on Iran

Gulf nation leaders gathered Wednesday in Washington to warn President Barack Obama…

AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinPresident Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
AP Photo/Bilal HusseinWomen and children hold up Yemeni and Lebanese flags and placards

Saudi-led airstrikes don't slow in Yemen ahead of cease-fire

With cargo ships poised to launch a desperately needed aid operation in…

AP Photo/Bilal HusseinWomen and children hold up Yemeni and Lebanese flags and placards
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Saudi coalition warns rebels but also promises a cease-fire

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia ordered civilians in rebel strongholds in…

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP

Turkey, Saudi in pact to help anti-Assad rebels

Casting aside U.S. concerns about aiding extremist groups, Turkey and Saudi Arabia…

Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP
AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

Saudi-Yemen border clash kills three Saudi troops, Yemeni rebels

Yemen's Shiite rebels attacked Saudi border posts, sparking fierce fighting overnight that…

AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

Saudi Arabia provides another fine example of why sending troops into another nation is generally a bad idea

Yesterday I blogged about Saudi Arabia sending troops into Bahrain, and asked…