Bisha terrorist is a mine of information

Oqab Al-Otaibi with beard, left, and clean shaven, right. (SPA)
Updated 05 May 2016
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Bisha terrorist is a mine of information

ABHA: Security, strategic and military expert retired Col. Ibrahim Al-Mari has described the arrest of Oqab Al-Otaibi and the killing of his companions as a strategic achievement for the Ministry of Interior and a heavy blow to elements of the Daesh terrorist group in Bisha governorate.
Al-Otaibi is accused of participating in a previous terrorist operation that targeted emergency forces at a mosque in Asir. Al-Mari said that this arrest has thwarted a criminal plot he was working on.
He added that this achievement should come as no great surprise since the Kingdom’s security apparatus is among the best in the world, and many countries in the region and the world seek its assistance in matters related to terrorism.
He said that Al-Otaibi’s arrest will provide a lot of information for security forces who are trying to bust extremist cells in the Kingdom. While these groups try not to link cells together, there will be information that will help provide security forces with pre-emptive abilities to pursue terrorist cells and recognize their methods of communication.
He said that technology currently being used can reveal the hiding places of terrorists. The security forces have found that some terrorists seek refugee in remote and mountainous areas thinking that they aren’t being monitored by the police.
Pictures of Al-Otaibi vary across media sources; sometimes he appears with a thick beard and hair and at other times he is seen clean-shaven. However, security forces factor in all changes of appearance and can recognize terrorists no matter how much they try to change their looks, he added.
Prior to carrying out his attack, Al-Otaibi chose not to detonate the explosives on his person as his nerves failed, so he turned himself in.
Iraq and Syria have become key places for extremist groups with more than 36 extremist and armed groups in total. It has therefore become necessary to solve the Syrian crisis and reinstate stability and security to these countries to eliminate terrorist organizations, Al-Mari said.
He said that Daesh will be eliminated when the Syrian crisis is solved, adding that it will not transfer its capital to Yemen because the allied operations in Al-Mukalla have made sure that no attempts will be made to find a safe haven in Yemen.
He pointed out that the Asir cell is collapsing with its members being arrested one by one.
Oqab Al-Otaibi has an intermediate school certificate, and left the Kingdom to go to Kuwait, Turkey, and thence Syria. He returned to the Kingdom and settled in Darma and got involved with Sweilim Al-Rowieli in the shooting incident in Al-Dalwa mosque and the bombing of the emergency forces mosque in Asir.
He received his training in terrorist operations while outside the Kingdom and upon his return, he played the role of mediator between Daesh leaders in Syria and other cells in the Kingdom.


King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018
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King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.