Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

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Jan. 9 29: Five members of a Saudi security force were killed in Riyadh when they stormed a house where a militant, Khalid Farraj, took refuge. [CNN, 1/9 29]

Feb. 1: During the stoning of pillars ritual at Mina, a 27 minute stampede of pilgrims occurred, leaving at least 244 people dead. Due to poor crowd control, many pilgrims have died in past stampedes. [CNN, 2/1]

Feb. 2: Following the stampede, King Fahd ordered the modernization of the holy sites in Mecca and Medina. In what might take up to 20 years, the King announced plans to put into place his "integrated crowd control strategy." The plan limits pilgrims, improves infrastructure, and increases security. [MEO, 2/2]

Feb. 18: A wanted Saudi militant was gunned down after opening fire on Saudi security forces in Riyadh. Prior to the gun-battle, security forces had cordoned off the area in attempt to catch the militant. [MEO, 2/9 19]

Feb. 28: Saudi authorities announced the creation of a charity oversight commission that would inspect charitable donations. This move came in response to American accusations that Saudi charities secretly fund terrorists. [AN, 3/1]

Mar. 7: The Financial Action Task Force of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued a report saying Saudi Arabia had enacted laws meeting most of the organization's anti-terrorism benchmarks. …

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