King orders high alert to fight terror

Updated 28 June 2014

King orders high alert to fight terror

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah ordered all necessary measures to protect the Kingdom against potential "terrorist threats," a Royal Court statement said Thursday.
The king gave the order after chairing a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss fallout from developments in neighboring Iraq.
“Concerned for the Kingdom’s national security against any measures that terrorist organizations or any other groups might resort to, that could destabilize security of the homeland, he (the king) has ordered all necessary measures to protect the gains of the homeland and its stability, and the security of the Saudi people," the statement said.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry had talks on Thursday with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE as part of frenetic diplomacy to tackle militants threatening to tear apart Iraq.
“Iraq, obviously, is one of the predominant points, the move of ISIL concerns every single country here,” Kerry told reporters before the meeting at the US ambassador’s residence in Paris. “In addition to that, we have an ongoing crisis in Syria, where ISIL is also involved.”
The militant Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has spearheaded a lightning advance through Iraq and — aided by other militants, tribal leaders and remnants of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party — seized large swathes of the country this month.


Mohammed Abdul-Jawad, former Saudi footballer

Updated 4 min 36 sec ago

Mohammed Abdul-Jawad, former Saudi footballer

  • Abdul-Jawad was the left-back for the Saudi national team
  • Abdul-Jawad was born in November 1962 in Jeddah

Mohammed Abdul-Jawad, former Saudi national football team’s left-back, has recently been appointed coach of the Brazilian club Internacional de Minas’s youth team. 

Abdul-Jawad was born in November 1962 in Jeddah. He joined Al-Ahli team in 1980 at the age of 18. He is famous for his loyalty to the team, as he never switched sides.

His excellent skills helped him earn a spot in the Saudi national squad. He successfully remained part of the national team for 15 years during which he continued to play for Al-Ahli and won several domestic and regional titles.

Abdul-Jawad was part of the Saudi national team that won the Asia Cup in 1984 and 1988, and participated in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 as well as the World Cup finals.

Mario Zagallo, former Brazilian coach of the Saudi team between 1981 and 1984, gave him shirt number 13, which was Zagallo’s number when he played for his country in the 1950s.

In a TV interview, Abdul-Jawad said that Zagallo admired the way he spoke Brazilian and gave him his number as a gift.

The first international appearance for the left-footed defender was in 1981 against Kuwait, which had great strikers like Jasim Yaqoub and Faisal Al-Dakheel. Abdul-Jawad showed excellent performance.

Abdul-Jawad was known for his ability to score beautiful goals from outside the area. The Saudi fans will not forget his goal against Cameroon in the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations championship. The flying-defender, as he was always called, shot from more than 30 yards outside the box and into the Cameroon’s net.

Abdul-Jawad, father of six, hung his boots in 1995 and started another career as a football agent and a pundit for TV football programs. His fluency in English and Portuguese helped him succeed in both careers.