Chronology: Saudi Arabia

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See also Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Tunisia, Yemen

Apr. 27: Usama bin Ladin's Saudi and Yemeni widows arrived with their children in Saudi Arabia after a Pakistani court charged them with illegal entry and residency in the country and ordered their deportation. The family lived under the protection of Pakistan's Interior Ministry since the al-Qa'ida chief was killed on May 2, 2011 in northwest Pakistan. The deportation appeared to close a chapter on strained US-Pakistani relations amid accusations of Pakistan's complicity in sheltering bin Ladin. [AJE, 4/27]

Apr. 28: Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Egypt and closed its Cairo embassy after days of protests over its arrest of Egyptian lawyer Ahmad al-Gizawi, whom Saudi authorities accused of drug smuggling. [NYT, 4/28]

May 8: The US announced that it foiled an airliner bomb plot with the assistance of a Saudi intelligence agent who infiltrated the Yemeni branch of al-Qa'ida. The Saudi double agent provided information that allowed the CIA to execute the drone strikes that killed Fahd Muhammad Ahmad al-Quso, the group's external operations director. [NYT, 5/8]

June 16: Saudi crown prince Nayif bin 'Abdul-'Aziz Al Saud passed away in Geneva at the age of 78. In addition to serving as the Saudi Interior Minister, Prince Nayif played a critical role in fighting al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Following the crown prince's death, his 76-year-old brother Prince Salman was named Heir Apparent on June 18. …