Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

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Apr. 28: Authorities arrested 93 people suspected of belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), 77 of whom were Saudi nationals. The group also included two people who planned a failed suicide car bombing of the United States embassy in Riyadh in March. One cell consisted of 61 Saudis and sought to recruit members, raise funds, and establish training camps inside the country. [Reuters, 4/28]

Apr. 29: King Salman issued a series of surprise royal decrees that changed the order of succession, replaced a number of ministers, and further enhanced the power of his own branch of the royal family, the Sudayris. Salman replaced Crown Prince Muqrin bin 'Abd al-'Aziz and named the powerful interior minister, Prince Muhammad bin Nayif, as next in line. The King also named his son, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, as deputy crown prince and relieved the long-serving foreign minister, Prince Sa'ud Al-Faisal. [NYT, 4/29]

May 22: A suicide bombing killed 21 people and injured another 120 at a Shi'i mosque in the town of Qudayh, in eastern Saudi Arabia. The Najd Province, a Saudi group claiming loyalty to the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, although it was unclear whether ISIS itself had an operational link to the attack. [NYT, 5/22]

May 29: A suicide bombing killed three people near a Shi'i mosque in the city of Dammam, in eastern Saudi Arabia. A Saudi citizen concealed his bomb belt in women's garb before detonating it. ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing. [NYT, 5/29]

June 7: Officials reported that a Scud missile fired by Huthi forces from Yemen into the kingdom had been shot down. …

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