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Pentagon Makes a Move in Wake of Navy Base Shooting

Flight training suspended for Saudi students in US

(Newser) - The Pentagon on Tuesday ordered a broad review of vetting procedures for international students who participate in training on US military installations and demanded the process be strengthened, in direct reaction to last week's deadly shooting at a Pensacola Navy base by a Saudi aviation student. The memo signed... More »

Report: Base Shooter Filed Complaint About Instructor

He was 'humiliated' by 'Porn Stash' nickname

(Newser) - Seven months before Friday's mass shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station , Saudi 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani complained that he had been humiliated by one of his instructors at the base. The New York Times reports that the 21-year-old Saudi Air Force trainee filed a formal complaint saying he was... More »

Saudis Lift Strict Restaurant Rule About Women

Restaurants no longer required to have separate entrances

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia has moved a little further into the 21st century—or, at least, the 20th—with the easing of another ultra-strict regulation. Officials have announced that restaurants will no longer be required to have a separate entrance for women and families, the BBC reports. Until now, dining establishments were... More »

FBI Asks Why Pensacola Shooter Went to NY First

Authorities take a closer look at 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani

(Newser) - The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast US support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim, a US official said Sunday as the FBI confirmed it is operating on the assumption the attack... More »

Post-Attack, US Officials Take a Stand on Saudis

And that stand is to keep standing together

(Newser) - Top US defense and military officials on Saturday reaffirmed America's continued commitment to and relationship with Saudi Arabia after a Saudi Air Force student's deadly attack at a Navy base in Florida, the AP reports. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and others attending a security conference in California played... More »

Navy 'Hero' Died Helping First Responders

Joshua Kaleb Watson was only 23

(Newser) - Among three victims in Friday's Navy air base shooting, a name has emerged—and he's being hailed as a hero, USA Today reports. "Joshua Kaleb Watson saved countless lives today with his own," his brother, Adam Watson, posted Friday on Facebook . "After being shot multiple... More »

Accused Base Shooter Hosted Creepy Dinner Before Attack

And a Saudi student is said to have recorded video outside during the strike

(Newser) - The Saudi student who fatally shot three people at a US naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, a US official told the AP on Saturday. One of the three students who attended the dinner... More »

This Will Be the Biggest IPO in History

Saudi oil company sets sale at 3 billion shares for $8.53 each

(Newser) - Saudi Aramco's pricing for its initial public offering gives the oil company a valuation that—at $1.7 trillion—falls short of the $2 trillion that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hoped for. But selling 3 billion shares at $8.53 apiece would still bring in $25.6 billion,... More »

Twitter Employees Spied on Users for Saudis: Prosecutors

Two men who looked up data received cash and designer watch, complaint says

(Newser) - Two former Twitter employees face federal charges after prosecutors said they were paid to look up users' private information in an effort against critics of Saudi Arabia's government. The two are charged with acting as foreign agents without registering with the US. It's the first time federal prosecutors... More »

Get Ready for a Huge IPO

After years of delays, offering of state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco is finally underway

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia began an initial public offering Sunday of a sliver of oil giant Saudi Aramco after years of delay, hoping international and local investors will pay billions for a stake in the kingdom's crown jewels, reports the AP . An approval by Saudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority served... More »

Pentagon: We're Sending Jets, Other Air Defense to Saudis

Defense Secretary Mark Esper announces move after Iran claims 2 missiles struck its tanker

(Newser) - The US will send fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia to defend the kingdom against Iran amid heightened tensions between the two Middle Eastern adversaries, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. Esper announced the deployment of several dozen fighter jets, along with other aircraft and additional air... More »

Iran Claims Attack of 'Dangerous Adventurism'

Saudi Arabia hasn't yet commented on reported missile strike off its coast against tanker

(Newser) - Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the US. Saudi officials didn't immediately respond to requests for comment, per the AP... More »

Telling the Full Story of Khashoggi's Murder

On the first anniversary of his death

(Newser) - On Oct. 2, 2018, the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. One year later, Insider tells the story "as we know it," based on a 100-page report by the UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions released in June, hundreds of... More »

King Salman's Bodyguard Killed in 'Personal Dispute'

Saudi Arabia pays tribute to Gen. Abdel Aziz al-Fagham

(Newser) - A well-known bodyguard to the king of Saudi Arabia was shot to death at the home of a friend, state TV said. Gen. Abdel Aziz al-Fagham was involved in a "personal dispute" Saturday night with the friend, per the BBC , who left the house and returned with a gun.... More »

WH Concealed Calls With Putin, Crown Prince: Report

As well as reported convo in which Trump told Russians election interference didn't concern him

(Newser) - As an impeachment inquiry into President Trump gains momentum after a whistleblower complaint regarding his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, more stories are breaking that suggest a concealment like the one alleged after the Trump-Zelensky call may not have been limited to that call. Sources tell CNN... More »

A Year On, Saudi Crown Prince Talks Khashoggi

MBS says murder 'happened under my watch' but denies knowledge of it

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's crown prince has accepted responsibility for the first time in Jamal Khashoggi's murder at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate last October—though he still claims he had no knowledge of it. "I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch," Mohammed bin... More »

Johnson: UK Has Determined Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack

He says Britain might join military effort

(Newser) - Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday. He said the UK would consider taking part in a US-led military effort to bolster the Gulf kingdom's defenses. But the Conservative prime minister also said the UK... More »

US Sending Troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

No military strike against Iran yet, though

(Newser) - The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional US troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry. Defense... More »

Iran Envoy Warns of 'All-Out War'

Zarif asks if Saudi Arabia wants to 'fight Iran until the last American soldier'

(Newser) - Any attack on Iran by the US or Saudi Arabia will spark an "all-out war," Tehran's top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets. The comments... More »

Pompeo: Saudi Oil Attack an 'Act of War' by Iran

As Trump hits Iran with new sanctions

(Newser) - President Trump may have hedged on officially naming Iran as the party responsible for the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities, but he lowered the financial kibosh on Tehran on Wednesday morning, Bloomberg reports. "I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the... More »

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