Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Saudi Arabia is acting panicked by Iran’s rise.
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The efforts of the U.S. and Iraq to extract the Islamic State have left Ramadi uninhabitable.
One goal of Saudi Arabia’s recent mass executions, including a prominent Shiite cleric, was to goad Iran into over-reacting.
Just like bin Laden and Al Qaeda, the Islamic State views attacks on it as a means to win recruit more fighters and suicide bombers.
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