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 21: Saudi security forces killed two suspected militants and wounded three others during a firefight in Riyadh. The operation was said to have resulted in the arrest of Saleh al-Oufi, a wanted militant with suspected ties to al-Qa'ida. [BBC, 7/21]

Aug. 4: Saudi Arabia announced it would hold its first nationwide elections in November, to be held in Riyadh after Ramadan. [BBC, 8/4]

Aug. 5: One of Saudi Arabia's most wanted militants, Paris al-Zahrani, was captured by security officials. Al-Zahrani was a suspected al-Qa'ida member. [BBC, 8/5]

Aug. 9: Three reform advocates appeared in court in Riyadh. The accused reformists were charged with calling for a constitutional monarchy in the Kingdom and questioning the judicial system. [BBC, 8/9]

Aug. 10: Saudi Arabia published rules for its forthcoming elections in November. Observers said that the rules appeared to allow the possibility for women to vote in the elections. [BBC, 8/10]

Sept. 3: One policeman was killed and three wounded in a clash with suspected Islamic militants in Buraidah. …

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