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The men were not hardened militants. One was a pharmacist, another a heating and cooling technician. One was a high school student.

They were six cousins, all living in Saudi Arabia, all with the same secret. They had vowed allegiance to the Islamic State — and they planned to kill another cousin, a sergeant in the kingdom’s counterterrorism force.

And that is what they did. In February, the group abducted Sgt. Bader al-Rashidi, dragged him to the side of a road south of this central Saudi city, and shot and killed him. With video rolling, they condemned the royal family, saying it had forsaken Islam.

Then they fled into the desert. The video spread rapidly across the kingdom, shocking a nation struggling to contain a terrorist movement seen as especially dangerous not just because it promotes violence, but also because it has adopted elements of Saudi Arabia’s conservative version of Islam — a Sunni creed known as Wahhabism — and used them to delegitimize the monarchy.

I'm not sure about the last part, I don't know if ISIS subscribes specifically to Wahabism ?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/world/middleeast/isis-saudi-arabia-wahhabism.html?_r=0
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Daunting
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The countries in the red bracket could run out of cash in five years or less
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/one-chart-that-shows-which-middle-eastern-countries-could-run-out-of-money-in-less-than-five-years-a6709511.html
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ISIS, Moderate Terrorists and NATO have lost another Syrian town.
The latest Syrian developments became such a PR problem for Washington that it had to send troops back to Iraq.
After Palmyra, Syrian troops take another IS-controlled town
https://www.yahoo.com/news/activists-battle-syria-kills-several-hezbollah-fighters-102113801.html
post #2299 of 2699
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Originally Posted by the shah View Post

Daunting
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The countries in the red bracket could run out of cash in five years or less
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/one-chart-that-shows-which-middle-eastern-countries-could-run-out-of-money-in-less-than-five-years-a6709511.html

Have no fear the US will send more.
post #2300 of 2699
Bizarre story

Samaha, a Christian politician and former adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, admitted during his previous trial that he had transported the explosives from Syria for use in attacks in Lebanon.

But he argued he should be acquitted because he was a victim of entrapment

http://www.timesofisrael.com/lebanese-ex-minister-jailed-for-13-years-on-terror-charges/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
post #2301 of 2699
so egypt just gave saudi some islands as a show of gratitude. meanwhile, there's an effort underway to declassify and access docs supposedly showing saudi support for some 911 hijackers.
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Originally Posted by the shah View Post

so egypt just gave saudi some islands as a show of gratitude. meanwhile, there's an effort underway to declassify and access docs supposedly showing saudi support for some 911 hijackers.

How shocking that would be ! NOT
post #2303 of 2699
Lol oh dear
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WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/16/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-warns-ofeconomic-fallout-if-congress-passes-9-11-bill.html
post #2304 of 2699
Selling their assets will hurt them more than it will hurt the US and there are plenty of funds ready to snap up the assets. Now they know what they are planing, so you can bet the thumb screw will be used.
post #2305 of 2699
Thread Starter 

Obama goes hard on Saudi.

 

In other news, Abu Azrael apparently got capped in Aleppo. Long way from home to fight for a man who shuttled jihadis into Anbar while Iraq is still 1/4 occupied by ISIS. 

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post #2307 of 2699
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Originally Posted by NickCarraway View Post

Hey Saudis,



Do it! Do it! Do it! I would love the temporary spike in the VIX and US and Chinese investors are going to just gobble up the real estate they sell. I also couldn't see the yield curve being effected by this at all.
post #2308 of 2699
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Originally Posted by ethanm View Post

Obama goes hard on Saudi.

I don't think you read carefully enough:
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The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon. The officials have warned senators of diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation.

Obama is not nearly hard enough on the fucking terrorist regime.
post #2309 of 2699
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Originally Posted by tesseract View Post

Do it! Do it! Do it! I would love the temporary spike in the VIX and US and Chinese investors are going to just gobble up the real estate they sell. I also couldn't see the yield curve being effected by this at all.

It is not going to affect anything. And the Chienese don't nearly hold as much as assets or debt of the US as people think.
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Originally Posted by cross22 View Post

It is not going to affect anything. And the Chienese don't nearly hold as much as assets or debt of the US as people think.
I just need the stock market to drop and vix to rise for like 2 days. We will see how Monday looks.
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