Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

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July 20: King 'Abdullah replaced Prince Muqrin bin 'Abd al-'Aziz, the general intelligence chief, with Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin 'Abd al-'Aziz, the former ambassador to United States. The shuffling of the kingdom's intelligence command came at a time of tectonic shifts in the Arab world as popular uprisings threatened the kingdom's regional allies and domestic stability. Prince Bandar's appointment signaled King 'Abdullah's push for more assertive policies in the region and a closer cooperation with the US. [FT, 7/22]

Sept. 24: Saudi security forces corralled more than 100 family members protesting at a prison for their relatives' release and confined them overnight without access to food or water, according to witnesses. Sixty men were detained and taken to an unknown location. [Reuters, 9/24]

Sept. 27: Saudi Arabia, which required all women under 45 to have a male guardian for the hajj, turned back 1,100 unaccompanied Nigerian women who arrived by plane. The Nigerian government stated it had an agreement with Saudi Arabia for an exemption to this rule, but a Hajj Ministry spokesperson reiterated that the rule applied to all female pilgrims. …

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