Saudi gets life in jail for Texas terror plot

Updated 17 November 2012
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Saudi gets life in jail for Texas terror plot

AUSTIN, Texas: A Saudi-born college student has been sentenced to life in prison in the US for trying to make a bomb to carry out jihad.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was sentenced yesterday in Texas, where jurors convicted him in June of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Prosecutors say Aldawsari collected bomb-making material and researched possible targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.
The 22-year-old came to the US legally to study chemical engineering. He was arrested in 2011 after federal agents secretly searched his apartment and found explosive chemicals, wiring, a hazmat suit and clocks, along with videos showing how to make the chemical explosive TNP.
Court records show that Aldawsari had successfully ordered 30 liters of nitric acid and 3 gallons of concentrated sulfuric acid in December 2010.
Prosecutors said other targets he researched included nuclear power plants and the homes of three former soldiers who were stationed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
His attorneys acknowledged that their client had intent, but they argued that he was a harmless failure who never came close to attacking anyone.


Houthi militias deny 40 relief ships access to Hodeidah Port- Saudi-led coalition

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Houthi militias deny 40 relief ships access to Hodeidah Port- Saudi-led coalition

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition announced today that Houthi militia backed by Iran are not allowing 40 relief ships from entering the port of Hodeidah.

The Coaltion spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said in a press conference held in Riyadh Wednesday that ridding Yemen of Houthi militia number two was an important development. Al-Maliki said that Al-Sammad was responsible for threatening Saudi Arabia’s peace and and security, as well as being responsible for disrupting maritime traffic in the Red Sea Bab Al-Mandab straight, and the continued suffering of millions of Yemenis.

The spoksperson said that Houthi militia backed by Iran launched more than 125 ballistic missiles toward Saudi Arabia’s territories. Al-Maliki added that the Kingdom's air defense systems have intercepted them. In addition Al-Maliki said that up till now Houthi militia alunched in excess of 66 thousand projectile toward the border with Saudi Arabia.

In conclusion, Al- Al-Maliki reiterated the coalition commitment to helping Yemeni stating that humanitarian help by King Salman’s center for relief and humanitarian ais has delivered aid to help more than 3 million Yemenis.