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Redacted Pages Of 9/11 Report Show Saudi Involvement

The U.S. 9/11 Report

The U.S. 9/11 Report

Former Sen. Bob Graham and others are urging the Obama administration to declassify redacted pages of a report that holds 9/11 secrets

In 10 days, President Obama will visit Saudi Arabia at a time of deep mistrust between the two allies, and lingering doubts about the Saudi commitment to fighting violent Islamic extremism. Saudi Arabia.

Obama claims Saudi Arabia to be part of the coalition against ISIS. However, Saudi Arabia, through its Wahhabi brand of Islam and financial support, is a backer of ISIS, along with other Arabian emirates.

Obama must be aware of this, so why is he visiting Saudi Arabia?

Obama’s visit also comes at a time when the White House and intelligence officials are reviewing whether to declassify one of the country’s most sensitive documents —known as the “28 pages.” They have to do with 9/11 and the possible existence of a Saudi support network for the hijackers while they were in the U.S.

For 13 long years, the 28 pages have been locked away in a secret vault. Only a small group of people have ever seen them.

Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham has been trying to get the 28 pages released since the day they were classified back in 2003, when he played a major role in the first government investigation into 9/11, stating, “I remain deeply disturbed by the amount of material that has been censored from this report. I think it is implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn’t speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many of whom didn’t have a high school education—could’ve carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States.”

Bob Graham won’t discuss the classified information in the 28 pages, he will say only that they outline a network of people that he believes supported the hijackers while they were in the U.S. He believes that the support for 9/11 came from Saudi Arabia, both from the Saudi government and from wealthy Saudis.

Graham and others believe the Saudi role has been soft-pedaled to protect a delicate relationship with a complicated kingdom where the rulers, royalty, riches and religion are all deeply intertwined in its institutions—and bribes to the right people.

Tim Roemer, a former Democratic congressman and U.S. ambassador to India, has read the 28 pages multiple times. First as a member of the Joint Inquiry and later as a member of the blue-ribbon 9/11 Commission which picked up where Congress’ investigation left off.

Roemer and others who have actually read the 28 pages, describe them as a working draft similar to a grand jury or police report that includes provocative evidence — some verified, and some not. They lay out the possibility of official Saudi assistance for two of the hijackers who settled in Southern California. That information from the 28-pages was turned over to the 9/11 Commission for further investigation. Some of the questions raised were answered in the commission’s final report. Others were not.

In January of 2000, the first of the hijackers landed in Los Angeles after attending an al Qaeda summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two Saudi nationals, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, arrived with extremely limited language skills and no experience with Western culture. Yet, through an incredible series of circumstances, they managed to get everything they needed, from housing to flight lessons.

During their first days in L.A., witnesses place the two future hijackers at the King Fahd mosque in the company of Fahad al-Thumairy, a diplomat at the Saudi consulate known to hold extremist views. Later, 9/11 investigators would find him deceptive and suspicious and in 2003, he would be denied reentry to the United States for having suspected ties to terrorist activity.

Phone records show that Thumairy was also in regular contact with this man: Omar al-Bayoumi, a mysterious Saudi who became the hijackers biggest benefactor. He was a ghost employee with a no-show job at a Saudi aviation contractor outside Los Angeles while drawing a paycheck from the Saudi government.

On the morning of February 1, 2000, Bayoumi went to the office of the Saudi consulate where Thumairy worked. He then proceeded to have lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant on Venice Boulevard where he later claimed he just happened to make the acquaintance of the two future hijackers.

In San Diego, Bayoumi found them a place to live in his own apartment complex, advanced them the security deposit and cosigned the lease. He even threw them a party and introduced them to other Muslims who would help the hijackers obtain government IDs and enroll in English classes and flight schools.

The very day Bayoumi welcomed the hijackers to San Diego, there were four calls between his cell phone and the imam at San Diego mosque, Anwar al-Awlaki, a name that should sound familiar. The mosque, Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami, is a Sunni mosque in San Diego, California, on 7173 Saranac Street.

The American-born Awlaki would be infamous a decade later as al Qaeda’s chief propagandist and top operative in Yemen until he was taken out by a CIA drone. But in January 2001, a year after becoming the hijackers’ spiritual adviser, he left San Diego for Falls Church, Virginia. Months later Hazmi, Mihdhar and three more hijackers would join him there.

On September 30, 2011, in Yemen, al-Awlaki was killed by two Predator drones based at a secret CIA base in Saudi Arabia, which  fired Hellfire missiles at a vehicle in which he was riding.

Wahhabism is one of the kingdom’s biggest exports. Saudi clerics, entrusted with Islam’s holiest shrines have immense power and billions of dollars to spread the faith. Building mosques and religious schools all over the world that have become recruiting grounds for violent extremists. 9/11 Commissioner John Lehman says all of this comes across in the 28 pages.

The following link is to “28 Pages” which aired on April 10, 2016. Click here!


Retired Gen. Ed Coet

Retired Gen. Ed Coet


[COURTESY: CAPT Les Horn, USN (Ret)]

My name is Ed Coet. I am a retired US Army Intelligence Officer. In my last job in the army I was the Chief of the Human Intelligence Branch for the US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. In that capacity I was also the Designated Program Manager for a Special Access Program (SAP) like the SAP that Hillary Clinton is alleged to have compromised in the most recent State Department Inspector General report to congress and which has been widely reported in the news. Here is what I personally know about SAP’s and what I can attest to in an unclassified forum:

1. The names of each SAP are themselves classified Top Secret because the information within the SAP are far and above Top Secret.

2. SAP’s are so sensitive that even people who have security clearances giving them access to Top Secret Sensitive Compartment Information (TS SCI), an enormously high security clearance level, cannot have accesses to a SAP’s unless they receive a special indoctrination into the SAP based on an operational “must know” that exceeds all other “need to know” standards.

3. Being “read on” for a SAP is far more then acknowledging in writing that you have been briefed on the SAP. It is an in-depth “indoctrination” into the given SAP, and each SAP is itself compartmented separately from other SAPS. Having access to one SAP does not give you access to another SAP, and in fact rarely does. Only a tiny handful of people have knowledge of all SAP’s. SAP’s are the most stringently compartmented and protected information in the entire US government.

4. Unlike Top Secret SCI which is maintained in highly secure Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilitates (SCIF’s) managed by specially trained Special Security Officers (SSO’s) at various levels of command, every single SAP is managed by an individually designated Program Manager for each individual SAP covering an entire theater of operations. In other words, SAP Program Managers are far fewer in number than there is SSO’s. SSO’s are not cleared to even know about SAP’s or to maintain information about them in their already enormously secure SCIF’s. How SAP’s are secured cannot be discussed because of the sensitive beyond Top Secret nature in which it is done.

5. Unlike individuals with the highest Top Secret SCI access security clearances, who must undergo a special background information with periodic “bring-up” background investigation, those tiny few who have access to SAP’s must also endure periodic polygraph tests in addition to the most comprehensive of special background investigations. I used to have to schedule four-star generals and admirals to be polygraphed in order for them to maintain their access to my SAP. Many generals and admirals who obviously have the highest security clearances still did not rate being indoctrinated into my SAP. In fact, they didn’t even know the SAP existed.

6. Compromise of a SAP is the single most dangerous security violation that can ever happen to the USA. Even the enormously damaging revelations of the Edward Snowden’s TOP Secret SCI security compromise does not reach the level of a SAP compromise.

7. To put SAP information in to an unsecure sever like Hillary Clinton’s unsecure server is a class one felony that could, in some cases, result in life in prison. That is because such a compromise is so dangerous that it could and likely will result in the death of people protected by and within the scope of the SAP.

As a former SAP Program Manager I believe it is inconceivable that if it is verified that Hillary Clinton’s server actually had SAP information on it that she could possibly escape indictment and criminal prosecution. As hard as it is to imagine, that would even be worse then electing to not prosecute a mass murdering serial killer because even they could not inflict as much damage on our country as the compromise of a SAP. Compromise of a SAP not only could — but without doubt would — cause serious damage to our national security.

If it is true that Hillary Clinton had SAP information on her unsecure server, whether it was marked or not, you can be sure that the FBI will strongly recommend that charges be brought against Hillary Clinton and continue in an exhaustive investigation to trace back to every single person that had even the tiniest role in this unbelievable security compromise.

If the Attorney General, through “prosecutorial discretion,” elected not to prosecute this crime, I believe congress would have no alternative but to impeach her, and the FBI would then have no choice but to conduct a criminal investigation of her for a deliberate cover up –- so grave is this security violation.

If President Obama were to pardon Hillary Clinton for a compromise of this magnitude he would render himself in the historical record as an “enemy of the state,” and could himself face criminal prosecution –- so grave is such a security compromise. Nobody, not even the POTUS could gets away with something like this in our system of government. If anyone could escape persecution for compromising a SAP, we are deep trouble as a nation. No president who loves this country and is true to his oath would ever allow anyone, not even his or her closest and most loved relative, to get away with a SAP compromise. It is simply unimaginable that this could ever happen.

If the ongoing investigation finds that Hillary Clinton compromised a SAP, then we all should know with certainty, regardless of political persuasion, that she is entirely unfit to hold public office of any kind let alone President of the USA — and ALL Americans should never tolerate it. Compromising a SAP is an absolute “disqualifier” for public office and access to our nations most sensitive information – period.

Singapore Terrorist Extradited to America

Singapore Terrorist Lim Yong Nam Facing Justice in America

Singapore Terrorist Lim Yong Nam Facing Justice in America

Singaporean terrorist, Lim Yong Nam (a.k.a. Lin Rongnan, Steven Lim and Yong Nam Lim) is finally in United States custody after Indonesian police handed him over to the U.S. counterparts in Jakarta on March 31st.

Lim, who faces charges for breaching an American trade embargo against Iran, was sent to Jakarta from Batam island, where he had been held while the U.S. extradition request was being reviewed by Indonesia.

Indonesia has no formal extradition agreement with the US, but Indonesian law allows for such requests to be considered on a case- by-case basis. A Batam district court granted the request last year.

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, endorsed the court’s ruling in January.

Singapore lawyer Boy Kanu, who represented Lim in Batam, said his client had tried to appeal to be sent to Singapore instead.

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on March 31st it has contacted the relevant US authorities to ask for information on the legal process that Lim will face in the US. “We have also requested the US to ensure that Mr. Lim is accorded his due legal rights. MFA will continue to discharge our consular responsibilities by providing Mr. Lim with the necessary assistance,” an MFA spokesman said in a harshly critical statement. It appears that the MFA is sympathetic to the terrorist.

Lim is accused of acquiring 6,000 radio frequency modules, improvised explosive device (IED) triggers, for export to Iran. The U.S. had asked Singapore to extradite him in 2011, but Singapore High Court Judge, sympathetic Choo Han Teck, found that the crime he was accused of was not an offence in the Republic. Really?

Lim had been held in Batam since October 2014 after he went to the island supposedly to attend a “trade exhibition.”

In 2011, Lim was indicted along with three other Singaporeans and an Iranian national by the U.S. Department of Justice for conspiring to allow electronics components from the US to be exported illegally to Iran instead of their stated final destination, which was Singapore.

Normally, shipments of U.S. arms via Singapore to Iran are illegal. The arms trade passing through Singapore is made possible by bribing Singapore officials for the issuance of false Singapore End-User Certificates.

The parties in an honest arms deal will file an End-User Certificate, noting what is being sold, who is selling it and to whom it is being sold. There is an understanding that the receiving party does not intend to transfer the weapons to a third country. For arms you need a valid End-User Certificate to obtain an export license from the U.S.

The arms traffickers had to have the cooperation of the Singapore officials to issue a false End-User Certificate to re-export the IED devices to Iran.

In Singapore an End-User Certificate is issued by the Trade Control Branch under the Director-General of Singapore Customs. Mr. Fong Yong Kian.

Apparently, Singapore is very active in the illegal arms trade. First Balldev Naidu, and now this.

The US alleged that 16 of the modules were found later in improvised explosive devices in Iraq that had not been detonated. The remainder of the 6,000 IED triggers most likely killed many people in Iraq, including Americans.

Singapore’s Glenn Defense Corruption Case in San Diego

Singapore's Leonard Glen Francis

Singapore’s Leonard Glen Francis

In San Diego, California, Singapore national Alex Wisidagama, former global manager of government contracts of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), has been sentenced to 63 months in prison for his part in a fraudulent billing scheme that saw the Navy over charged $34 million for ship husbandry services, including through artificially inflated bunker prices, the US Department of Justice has said.

Wisidagama is the company manager for his cousin, Singapore resident Leonard Glen Francis. Aka “Fat Leonard.”

In addition to the jail sentence, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California, Janis L. Sammartino, on March 18, also ordered Wisidagama to pay $34.8 million in restitution to the United States Navy.

Wisidagama is the third defendant to be sentenced in the long-running GDMA fraud and corruption scheme and Singapore’s complicity in the matter is still under question.

According to admissions, Wisidagama and his cousin, Leonard Glenn Francis, CEO, GDMA, defrauded the U.S. Navy on ship husbanding contracts by over-billing for the sale of goods, fuel, and port tariffs.

Wisidagama and his conspirators created false invoices purporting to show that GDMA paid more to purchase fuel than was actually the case

To date, ten individuals have been charged in connection with this scheme; of those, nine have pleaded guilty, including Malaki, Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, Captain Daniel Dusek, NCIS Special Agent John Beliveau, Commander Jose Luis Sanchez and U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug. Several others are being charged, including high-level Admirals in the United States Navy.

Former Department of Defense civilian employee Paul Simpkins was the ninth person to be charged in the case and currently awaits trial in San Diego.

Simpkins, was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery along with receiving cash, luxury travel, entertainment, and the services of prostitutes between May 2006 and 2012 in return for providing classified information to GDMA’s President and CEO, Singapore’s Leonard Glenn Francis, which led to GDMA winning contracts in Thailand and the Philippines. Simpkins is also charged with attempting to block an investigation into GDMA’s overcharging of the U.S. Navy and faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

GDMA held contracts to restock, repair, refuel and clean the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet under contacts that federal authorities say have been worth over $200 million over 10 years.

The Singapore company, GDMA, is accused of overbilling the U.S. Navy, demanding kickbacks from subcontractors and bribing officials for inside information.

The head of GDMA, Singapore’s Fat Leonard, is said to be ready to change his plea to guilty. And is scheduled for a change of plea hearing at the U.S. District Court in San Diego.

Currently, Fat Leonard is held in jail without bail in San Diego.

Radical Islamic Muslims in Belgium and Europe

Muslims account for up to 8% of the Belgian population, and a whopping 25% in Brussels. Sunnis make up 98% of the Muslims in Belgium with a significant Wahhabi element with links to Saudi/ISIS radical Islam.

In the Sixties, hundreds of thousands of Moroccans and Turks came to the country as guest workers, many of whom are now unemployed and radicalized.

Mohammed has become most popular first name in both Brussels and Antwerp.

The Brussels terror network was spread across the poor ghetto neighborhoods of Molenbeek, Schaerbeek, and Laeken, where many of Salah Abdeslam’s accomplices grew up.

Recently, two Muslim politicians, Lhoucine Aït Jeddig and Redouane Ahrouch, vowed to implement radical Islamic Sharia law in Belgium.

Finally, Belgium has turned on immigrants in the wake of the Brussels terror attack as far-right groups are experiencing a massive surge in popularity.

Voorpost, a Belgian right wing organization says its membership has rocketed following the attacks in Brussels.

“A huge number of people have started supporting us online. We have had more than double the number of new members in the last three days,” Bart Vanpachtenbeke, the leader of the Voorpost has said.

“There is anger in Brussels now. I think there are dark times coming. We can’t give any information, but we are planning a lot of new protests. There is a lot of drastic action coming.”

Tom Van Grieken, leader of the anti-Islam Vlaams Belang party – Belgian equivalent of France’s Front National – reported that his party’s Facebook page gained 10,000 new likes overnight.

Finally, there is a real risk of violence against Muslims coming from Belgium’s right wing organizations.


The country’s inept Interior Minister, Jan Jambon, and Justice Minister, Koen Geens, have offered to resign over mistakes in investigations into the terror cells. The incompetent Belgium government has rejected their resignations.

Both men remain in their jobs, sparking not only public outrage but leading to increased attacks in Belgium and Europe by radical Islamists.

There are an estimated 6,000 radical Islamist ISIS “soldiers” in Europe thanks to Europe’s welcoming of over a million Syrian refuges into European countries.

President Obama plans to allow 70,000 Syrian refugees into the United States, initially putting them on welfare.

FBI Investigation Expands to Clinton Foundation Corruption


Hillary Clinton – too big to jail?

Now, we know pretty well why Hillary Clinton had her State Department email server tucked away in her house.

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.

In plain English, the Clinton Foundation has served as a conduit for bribes. This may be why Hillary refuses to utter the works “radical Islam.” The Saudis have a lot of money which they can use to silence people – and that may include Obama, himself, as he also refuses to utter the words “radical Islam.” However, in the case of Obama, this might be due to his apparent favoring of Islam.

This new investigative track is in addition to the focus on classified material found on Clinton’s personal server.

The agents are investigating possible bribes to the Clinton Foundation, according to our source.


Clinton, has pushed back on the details of a second investigative track, saying she has heard nothing from the FBI.

Note, however, that the FBI does not have to notify the subject of an investigation.

The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration thanks to bribes to the Clintons and/or their foundation..

The Clinton Foundation is a public charity, known as a 501(c)(3). It had grants and contributions in excess of $144 million in 2013, the most current available data. The Clinton Foundation is now worth $1 billion. The Clintons, themselves, are worth another billion—bringing their grand total to $2 billion.

The FBI is particularly concerned after howthe case of former CIA Director David Petraeus was handled.

Petraeus was given only a slap on the wrist for sharing highly classified information with his mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell, as well as lying to FBI agents about his actions. Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in March 2015 after a two-plus-year federal investigation in which Attorney General Eric Holder initially declined to prosecute. Now, with Loreta Lynch as the Attorney General, the Clintons might also be “excused.”

By contrast, in the Clinton case, the number of classified emails has risen to at least 1,340. It is unclear which of the two lines of inquiry was opened first by the FBI and whether they eventually will be combined and presented before a special grand jury. One intelligence source said the public corruption angle dates back to at least April 2015. On their official website, the FBI lists “public corruption as the FBI’s top criminal priority.”

About 100 special agents assigned to the Clinton investigations were asked to sign non-disclosure agreement.

The only reason Hillary is still an active candidate is due to the lack of main stream media coverage, which continues to allow her to cast this as yet another “vast right wing conspiracy”, along with a liberal State Dept. which has made a mockery of the Constitution.

It looks like Hillary Clinton is “too big to jail.”

Is George Romney Behind the Chicago Riot Against Trump?

Stevens and Romney – what will they do if the riots fail?

Is George Romney Behind the Chicago Riot Against Trump? It is beginning to look that way. Stuart Stevens, former Romney senior adviser, on CNN called out Trump for running a George Wallace campaign to win over angry whites. Back on November 19, Stevens said he didn’t think GOP front-runner Donald Trump would be around as a candidate on the night of the Iowa caucuses. Does that mean he is hinting that, somehow, Trump will be “eliminated” or assassinated?

The Chicago riot gang consisted of an estimated 10,000 people, carrying banners and other items that had to cost a good deal of money. They were also well organized, which indicates that there was money behind them – the kind of money that only people like Romney has.

How desperate can Romney be to get the Republican nomination for president. How low can his man, Stuart Stevens, be to insinuate that the riot is Trump’s fault. Let’s hope that people like Stevens are caught and prosecuted for inciting public disorder and riots with their false allegations.

In addition to working to get Romney nominated a second time, Stevens has a long-time score to settle with Trump, because, in August 2013, Trump advised Christie not to use Stevens.

Trump slammed the Stevens for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign back then and warned Chris Christie against working with him. “I don’t know Stuart Stevens from a hole in the wall. I don’t know what he looks like. But I will say this, whoever ran that campaign, that is not the person I would want running my campaign if I were running,” Trump told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News.

 Trump even tweeted at Stevens, saying he did a “horrible” job for Romney: “@stuartpstevens did a horrible job for Mitt—is a refund in order? Sadly, Stuart is a disaster!”
Now both Romney and Stevens are out to get Trump and inciting violence to do it.

Hillary Clinton FBI Indictment Cover-Up for Arms to ISIS?

President Barack Obama will meet at the White House Wednesday with Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In a statement, White House press secretary Josh Earnest described the upcoming meeting as “informal.” “The two will meet privately in the Oval Office and there will be no formal agenda.”

Receiving the dead from Benghazi

Receiving the dead from Benghazi

Our sources indicate that, at the meeting, Obama will inform Sanders that Hillary Clinton is to be indicted by the FBI.

Obama’s reason of “permitting” the indictment of Hillary Clinton may to distance himself for her in matters related to the Benghazi attack.

Obama does not want to be linked to Hillary Clinton as the Benghazi attack was staged by a State Department hired jihadist security outfit in connection with and as a cover-up for the transfer of Libya’s vast arms cache to al-Qaeda and ISIS mercenaries in Syria and Iraq.


ISIS Arrives in Singapore!

On January 20, Singapore reported that it had uncovered an ISIS jihadist terror cell made up of Bangladeshi workers. This is the first time an ISIS terror cell has been uncovered in Singapore.

According to Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs, 27 male Bangladeshi “construction workers,” were arrested under Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA) between Nov 16 and Dec 1, 2015.

US-Yemeni citizen Anwar al-Awlaki

US-Yemeni citizen Anwar al-Awlaki

The Bangladeshis subscribed to the teaching of radical Islamist Anwar al-Awlaki, an extremist teacher who was killed in Yemen in 2011. Anwar al-Awlaki was an American and Yemeni imam and Islamic lecturer. He was a senior recruiter and motivator and was involved in planning terrorist operations.

The Bangladeshis targeted the recruitment of other Bangladeshi nationals in Singapore and Singaporeans and avoided detection by the Singapore authorities despite regular and well-attended weekly meetings. The Bangladeshis had a significant amount of radical and jihadist related materials, including books, and videos. They also had an instruction manual with graphics on how to conduct silent stabbings in Singapore.

Several of the Bangladeshis were planning to travel to the Middle East to participate in armed jihad and were also encouraged to return to their homeland Bangladesh to wage armed jihad against their own government.

The radical Islamist Bangladeshi nationals arrested in Singapore also planned to return to Bangladesh and wage armed jihad against the Bangladeshi government.

In addition to the Bangladeshis, four Singaporeans were detained under the Internal Security Act for wanting to join ISIS.

One of the group, polytechnic student M. Arifil Azim Putra Norja’i, 20, was the first person linked to ISIS on Singapore soil. He had made plans to assassinate Singapore President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He was detained in May 2015.

The other three ISIS recruits were not said to be plotting specific attacks but had wanted to fight alongside ISIS in Syria. They were also detained.

Mideast protests ignite after Saudi Arabia beheads 47

See Who supports ISIS

See Who supports ISIS

Since Saudi Arabia beheaded 47 people on Saturday, January 2, anger has spread throughout the Middle East.

Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr was beheaded on Saturday alongside 46 other “convicts.” Nimr al-Nimr was a fervent dissident against the Sunni Muslim Saudi royal family – a capital crime in Saudi Arabia.

Later that night, protesters set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned al-Nimr’s execution.

The split between Sunnis and Shiites dates back to the early days of Islam.

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism because it backs Syrian rebel groups including ISIS fighting with the United States to oust President Bashar Assad.

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saudi Arabia’s “medieval act of savagery” would lead to the “downfall” of the country’s monarchy.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said that by condemning the execution, Iran had “revealed its true face represented in support for terrorism.”

Protesters took to the streets across the region. In Bahrain, police used water cannons and fired birdshot at demonstrators, wounding some. In al-Daih, west of the capital, Shiite protesters chanted against Saudi Arabia’s ruling Sunni Al Saud family, as well as against Bahrain’s ruling Sunni Al Khalifa family. Anti-Saudi demonstrators marched in Lebanon, Turkey, India and Pakistan.

The cleric’s execution has threatened to complicate Saudi Arabia’s relationship with Iran’s Shiite-led government in Iraq, where the Saudi Embassy was preparing to reopen for the first time in nearly 25 years. On Saturday, there were calls for the embassy to be shut down again.

Authorities shot al-Nimr in the leg during the arrest, and his family said that he had been denied proper treatment for his wounds during his imprisonment—much of which was spent in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, al-Nimr’s family prepared for three days of mourning at a mosque in al-Awamiya in the kingdom’s al-Qatif region in predominantly Shiite eastern Saudi Arabia where the nation’s oil fields are located. Saudi officials informed his family that the cleric had been buried in an undisclosed cemetery, an indication that he had been severely tortured – a common practice in Saudi Arabia.

The author, John Harding, has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for nine  years.