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As Riyadh raises the stakes, are Saudis betting their barrels on a Shia-Sunni divide?

Jan 10, 2016    

By Saeed NaqviHow far will this latest escalation by Riyadh of the Shia-Sunni conflict go?It looks like an act best described in Hindi by saying: “Marta kya na karta? (what won't a dying man do to escape his fate?)"It is possible to construct a theory that the hanging of the Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr was an expedient. Otherwise the hanging of 47 others, mostly Sunni extremist allied to the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda may have seemed one sided.The existential danger the Saudis face is not the Shia uprising in Qatif and other pockets in the eastern province, nor...

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