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Politics  

Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

Anyone remember how we got into this mess?

Saudi Arabia Will Grant U.S. Request for Anti-ISIS Training Program

Sept. 10, 2014

AMMAN, Jordan — Saudi Arabia has agreed to an American request to provide a base to train moderate Syrian opposition fighters, American officials said on Wednesday.

US pulls out of Saudi Arabia

29 April 2003

The United States has said that virtually all its troops, except some training personnel, are to be pulled out of Saudi Arabia.

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But our correspondent says the US troops have become a potent symbol of Washington's role in the region, and many Saudis see them as proof of the country's subservience to America.

Saudi Arabia is home to some of Islam's holiest sites and the deployment of US forces there was seen as a historic betrayal by many Islamists, notably Osama Bin Laden.

It is one of the main reasons given by the Saudi-born dissident - blamed by Washington for the 11 September attacks - to justify violence against the United States and its allies.

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