The weapons arrived in crates marked “Norinco.” The rifles, grenades, and missile launchers were bought on credit — oil fields were the collateral. The guns were copies, based on old Soviet designs, but they were simple to use, hard to break, and cheap to replace. Just like everything from toys to t-shirts, they were marked […]

They cross over during the Hajj. Dressed in white like the pilgrims to Mecca, representatives of fundamentalist Islamist organizations enter Saudi Arabia during the month long celebration, when border controls are relaxed to deal with the massive influx of the faithful. Once inside Saudi Arabia, these operatives solicit donations, often preying on the Islamic pillar […]

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