Saudi Arabia breaks up Iran-trained terrorist cell

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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia said it had overthrown a terrorist cell and seized a large amount of weapons, explosives, chemicals and electronic devices and equipment from a house and a farm. (SPA)
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Updated 29 September 2020

Saudi Arabia breaks up Iran-trained terrorist cell

  • 10 members of the cell have been arrested
  • Identities of the suspects will not be revealed at the present time

RIYADH: Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that 10 alleged members of a terrorist cell were arrested on Sept. 23.
Some of them are believed to have received military and field training at sites belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards between Oct. 29 and Dec. 8, 2017. A spokesman for the Presidency of State Security added that the suspects had also been trained to make explosives.
“Three of those arrested had been trained in Iran while the rest were linked to the cell in various roles,” he said. The locations of the arrests were not given and identities of those arrested cannot be be revealed at this time for legal reasons, he added.
The spokesman said a cache of weapons and explosives was confiscated at a house and a farm. It included nine explosive devices, four Kalashnikov machine guns, a Heckler and Koch G3 rifle, a sniper rifle, two pistols, an air rifle, 4,620 rounds of ammunition, 18 machine gun and pistol chambers, 14 knives, and military uniforms.
Other items included 5.28 kilograms of gunpowder, 67 explosive fuses, 51 electric detonators, a welding machine, and a range of capacitors, electrical transformers and electronic components used to make explosive devices.
Investigations are continuing into the activities of those who were arrested and to identify others they might have been working with inside and outside the Kingdom.
The presidency reiterated its determination and resolve to confront criminal schemes and arrest all who attempt to destabilize the security and stability of the Kingdom, and threaten the safety of those who live there.
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said on Sunday it had foiled a “terrorist attack” early this year that was backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
The statement confirmed earlier media reports about an alleged planned attack and added a timeframe.
On Sunday, Saudi state television Al-Ekhbariya and Bahraini newspaper Akhbar Al-Khaleej reported that Interior Ministry investigations found that a new group called the “Qassem Soleimani Brigade” had planned to attack several public and security structures in Bahrain.
The reports had not given a timeframe.
“We want to make clear that this case goes back to early 2020 and it is currently being looked into by the relevant court,” the ministry statement said.
The report by Akhar Al-Khaleej said the foiled attacks had been planned to avenge the January killing in Iraq of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone strike.
It said security forces foiled the plot after finding an explosive device in the Badei area meant to target a visiting foreign delegation.
The newspaper said a case was being prepared against 18 accused individuals, of whom nine are now in Iran.


Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

Updated 23 October 2020

Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

JEDDAH: Six international organizations have completed two studies on e-learning in the Kingdom and praised its efforts in providing a rapid response, multiple options and continuous improvement during the coronavirus pandemic.
The studies involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.
The center said that the global organizations completed two comprehensive studies on the experience of public and higher education in Saudi Arabia during the pandemic, with the aim of documenting and studying the reality of the experience and coming up with initiatives to develop e-learning practices in accordance with current global practices and standards.
The studies were conducted with the participation of students, faculty members, teachers, parents and school leaders.
The number of participants in the public education study reached 318,000, while the number of participants in the higher education study reached 24,000.
The first study was prepared by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), with the participation of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Quality Matters (QM), the UNESCO Institute of Information Technologies in Education (IITE), the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) in the US.
The second study was prepared by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with the cooperation of the Harvard Graduate School
of Education.
In the studies, reference comparisons were made with more than 193 countries. The two studies showed the Kingdom’s distinction in the diversity of options, including, for example, electronic content and satellite channels available for e-learning in public education.

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The studies on e-learning involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.

The percentage of countries that succeeded in providing these at the national level was only 38 percent.
The study conducted by the OECD and the Harvard Graduate School of Education included a comparison of the Kingdom’s response to education during the COVID-19 pandemic with 37 member states.
The results showed the Kingdom’s progress in 13 out of 16 indicators on the average of
these countries.
The study also revealed that teachers received significant support to overcome obstacles to e-learning.
The study of public education indicated that there was a clear strategy for the Ministry of Education to reopen schools in the Kingdom and address any issues.
OLC hailed the efforts of the Saudi Ministry of Education in dealing with the crisis by providing a variety of options for e-learning, and the quick response to the pandemic and immediate shift to remote instruction.
The two studies recommended 71 proposed development initiatives for public education and 78 proposed development initiatives for higher education.
The National Center for e-Learning is working in coordination with the Ministry of Education to present the initiatives and begin their implementation.
The center announced that the organizations that conducted the studies would publish their results and complete the second phase at the end of the current semester.