Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:49AM
Saudi Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon speak at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, the US, July 20, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Saudi Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon speak at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, the US, July 20, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
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Saudi ties with Daesh

Saudi Arabia was in the spotlight again over its ties to Daesh terrorists. The Saudi Interior Ministry says its security experts are cooperating with their German peers over a suspected link between a Daesh terrorist and some potential patrons in the kingdom. The terrorist was involved in a recent attack in Bavaria that left five wounded. He is believed to have been in contact through social media with a member of Daesh using a Saudi phone number. 



Turkey-Russia reset 

Last month’s coup in Turkey appears to have exposed some major fault lines in the country’s relations with the West. In a new impact of what to many is still a serious political crisis in Ankara, the country has blamed certain Western states for plotting to remove President Erdogan from power. The idea that some world powers have their own designs on Turkey has been around for over a century. But the time when this has been raised in the context of the coup last month has already puzzled many.

US weapons awash in Syria

Militants are preparing rockets supplied by their foreign sponsors including the US to target the positions of the Syrian army or areas under the government control. A large cache of US-made ammunition, including anti-tank guided TOW missiles was recently discovered in a house in Aleppo’s Bani Zaid district, after it was abandoned by the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra.