Bahraini sleuths hunt for RDX source

Updated 10 May 2015
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Bahraini sleuths hunt for RDX source

Saudi and Bahraini security agencies have launched a thorough probe following the recovery of highly explosive material from a car at the King Fahd Causeway on Friday. The seizure and arrests of an unspecified number of suspects indicate a diabolic plan by terrorists to strike at facilities in the Kingdom.
The material seized by the Saudi customs department included the deadly RDX, which is generally used by terrorists across the world to cause heavy casualties and widespread destruction of property, and specials fuses to detonate bombs.
Public Security chief of Bahrain, Lt. General Tareq Al-Hassan, on Saturday said the Bahraini security forces are striving to dig up details about the source of the explosives and the kingpins behind it.
“The security forces of both the countries are working in tandem to hunt for the parties involved in this act of terror and to gauge its dimension,” he said in a press statement.
Al-Hassan said that the two countries have reached a high level of cooperation and achieved success in a number of complicated security operations,
The Bahraini security official said the region is exposed to several security related events “that make us conscious of the truth of the hazards surrounding us, which threatens our security and stability; which call for collective and joint stance with increased cooperation and coordination between security departments in the countries in the region and the friendly countries in order to counter the threats.”


US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

Updated 21 October 2018
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US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

JERUSALEM, Oct 21 : US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday it was premature to comment on possible US sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi until an investigation had been completed.
Mnuchin said information so far on the investigation was “a good first step but not enough” as Riyadh faced increasing international pressure over what happened to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
US President Donald Trump, who has said the United States would consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia, emphasized on Saturday that he was not satisfied with the Saudis’ handling of the case.
“It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred,” Mnuchin told reporters in Jerusalem.
Mnuchin confirmed that he would not attend a Saudi investment conference on Tuesday. However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart on joint efforts to counter terrorist financing and plans by Washington to reimpose sanctions against Iran in November.
“I did not think it was appropriate to go and speak at this conference but we continue to have important issues with Saudi and that is why I am going there,” Mnuchin said.
The visit, he said, was necessary as Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions against Iran.
He said he had no reason to believe that Saudi Arabia would renege on commitments to make up for any shortfall in global oil supplies as Iranian oil exports are curbed under the sanctions.
“I have no reason to believe that they are not going to honor those commitments,” said Mnuchin, who will meet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih while in Riyadh.