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‘Tenet medal’ for Saudi Arabia, the conqueror of terrorism

Saudi Arabia has provided accurate intelligence information and saved developed countries like Britain and the US from terrorist operations

Turki Aldakhil

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Is it so difficult to understand why Saudis were not banned from entering the United States?

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud recently received a medal, named after George Tenet from the CIA, for his anti-terrorism efforts. This award ends all the confusion and clarifies the situation as Saudi Arabia is one of the superpowers’ most important partners in the war against terrorism.

Saudi Arabia has provided accurate intelligence information and saved developed countries like Britain and the US from terrorist operations. I’ve mentioned some examples of this in my previous article.

Saudi government does not shield any terrorist, unlike other countries which harbored al-Qaeda commanders for years and facilitated the September 11 attacks, such as Iran whose citizens are banned from entering the US

Turki Aldakhil

The fiercest attacks

Honoring of the crown prince is a testimony to the fact that Saudi Arabia has led the fiercest attacks on terrorist organizations in the region. It drove al-Qaeda to Yemen, outside its borders.

Moreover, despite the group’s recent attempts to expand in Saudi Arabia, beginning from Abyan and neighboring areas, the coalition forces, working to restore legitimate government in Yemen, continue to attack the commanders of the organization and target the group and the Houthi militias.

Therefore, it is normal for Saudis to be welcomed and allowed in other countries as the Saudi government does not shield any terrorist, unlike other countries which harbored al-Qaeda commanders for years and facilitated the September 11 attacks, such as Iran whose citizens are banned from entering the US.

This article was first published in Okaz on February 12, 2017.
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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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