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ON THE LINE: Allies at Odds: Tension in US-Saudi Relationsi
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November 15, 2013 3:00 AM
An alliance that has endured for 80 years is showing signs of a rift. Saudi Arabia is so unhappy with the United States that it gave up a coveted seat on the UN Security Council. What does this tension mean for the two allies, their longstanding relationship and the region? Next "On the Line".

ON THE LINE: Allies at Odds: Tension in US-Saudi Relations

Published November 14, 2013

An alliance that has endured for 80 years is showing signs of a rift. Saudi Arabia is so unhappy with the United States that it gave up a coveted seat on the UN Security Council. What does this tension mean for the two allies, their longstanding relationship and the region? Next "On the Line".

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