Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

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See also Afghanistan, Yemen

Jan. 23: Saudi officials found the bodies of 20 soldiers who were reported missing in battles fought along the border with Yemeni rebels, bringing the Saudi death toll to 133. The bodies were found after troops cleared the rebels out of strategic areas near Dukhan Mountain. Six soldiers were still missing. Saudi Arabia entered the conflict after Yemeni rebels killed two Saudi border officials when they crossed the border in November 2009. [ABC, 1/23]

Jan. 27: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Sultan, stated that his forces claimed victory along the Saudi-Yemeni border, ending the battle with Huthi rebels. The leader of the Huthi fighters offered a ceasefire and said that the rebels withdrew from Saudi Arabia after three months of fighting. Saudi officials disagreed on whether the fighting ended due to the ceasefire or by means of Saudi force against the rebels. [Al-Jazeera, 1/27]

Feb. 2: Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Saudi Arabia, hoping to persuade the Kingdom to participate in his plan to influence the Taliban to switch sides. Saudi Arabia said that it would not get involved in the Afghan peace process unless the Taliban stopped providing shelter and ended ties with Usama bin Ladin and al-Qa'ida. Saudi Arabia was apprehensive about getting involved due to previous roles in funding the anti-Soviet resistance and the movement now known as the Taliban. [MSNBC, 2/2]

Feb. 19: Saudi Prince Sa'ud bin 'Abd al-'Aziz bin Nasir bin 'Abd al-'Aziz Al Sa'ud took the stand in a British court on charges that he murdered his assistant, Bandar 'Abdullah Abd al-'Aziz, in a hotel room in London. …

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