‘Intense efforts’ made in identifying terror cells

Updated 17 February 2017
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‘Intense efforts’ made in identifying terror cells

RIYADH: Security forces in Saudi Arabia are undertaking “intense efforts” to identify terror cells, an official has said.
Maj. Gen. Bassam Attia, director of the Investigations and Strategic Planning Center of the Interior Ministry, and ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, described in a press conference how security agencies immediately start investigating information received about suspected criminals.
Such was the case last Saturday, when information was received about individuals from four separate regions of Saudi Arabia, who were suspected of being involved in terrorist cells. Arrests were made days later.
“Even if we fail the first time to arrest some of the individuals about whom we have confirmation that they are connected with terrorist cells, we will know their names,” said Al-Turki.
“In many cases we will have announced the results of the investigation and the names of those involved, or any evidence confirming their links to terrorist cells.
“Security authorities exert intense efforts to identify such cells. We cannot be certain about the number of cells still in operation, but often these are cells that are logistically important to the organization; they remain under the radar because their members are not directly linked to terrorist activities and are also careful.”
Attia said the Kingdom is actively coordinating with international authorities in combating terrorism funding, especially to Daesh.

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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.