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04 January 2016


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The US seems more displeased with the Saudis for the mass executions than with the Iranian reaction:

"U.S. fears Saudi tensions with Iran could affect fight against ISIS

Administration officials were privately critical of the Saudis for provoking the weekend’s upheaval with the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Saudi Shiite cleric who was arrested two years ago and sentenced to death for fomenting dissent against the ruling Sunni royal family.

“This is a dangerous game they are playing,” said a U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about U.S.-Saudi relations. “There are larger repercussions than just the reaction to these executions,” including damage to “counter-ISIL initiatives as well as the Syrian peace process.”"


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